F1 open to avoiding clash with IndyCar over Indy500 so its drivers can compete

The start of the 2021 Monaco GP. Credits: Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN.

Ross Brawn, Formula 1 managing director, stated that the pinnacle of motorsport wants to avoid a clash between the race at Monte Carlo and the Indy500 at Indianapolis.

In the past years, the Indy500 was held on the same weekend as the Monaco GP. After 2003, this season was the first time that did not happen.

Since sometimes some Formula 1 drivers would like to participate, as it is already happened in the past, like with Fernando Alonso in 2017, Ross Brawn is confident that changing the date on which the Monaco GP would be held can be an idea.

“Certainly from our perspective — Formula One Management — we embrace all motorsport because one of my ex-colleagues Sean Bratches used to say that when the tide rises all the boats go up, and we believe that very strongly,” Brawn said. “If you increase the interest in motorsport, more fans get engaged.

“(Netflix series) ‘Drive to Survive’ has been a great success — it’s brought fans into Formula 1; there’s no doubt that those fans will be looking at other forms of motorsport as well because suddenly they’ve found this new world. And we’re the same — we want the Indy 500 to be a huge success so that when we go to America, fans will cross over.

“It’s great that it didn’t clash this weekend — it gave me a chance to watch it as I wasn’t traveling back from Monaco for once! We embrace all forms of motorsport. It’s great a Formula 1 team — McLaren — is involved there now. Formula 1 drivers have always been involved there — it tends to be a follow-on career, but maybe if it doesn’t clash, it doesn’t have to be.”

Finally, Brawn said that Formula 1 is open to change its schedule in order not to clash with the Indy500, and thanks to Roger Penske’s ownership of the IndyCar series the process could be even easier.

“We’re open. I think our management here, including myself, are completely open to any of those sorts of possibilities. First and foremost it has to enhance the sporting spectacle. We don’t want any of this to turn into any sort of false event, but we’re very open to those sorts of initiatives.

“And, of course, Indy on that side of things is being run by an old friend of ours now in Roger Penske — Roger’s always had an interest in Formula 1 and been involved at times in Formula 1 — so there are very real possibilities for collaborations in the future.”

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