F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali recently commented on what lies ahead for Formula 1, stating that there is potential for F1 to go beyond Europe and have 25 races in a single season, from next year onwards.
Although Domenicali admitted he is fine with the current number of races, he would like to see new and innovative changes, especially when it comes to the venues of Grands Prix.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, F1 had to get creative with its calendars, through double and triple headers, but despite this, Domenicali wants change when things return to normalcy.
“I think 23 races is a stable amount, although there’s a provision in the Concorde agreement for more. So how many do we want in Europe, in America, in the Middle East, in Asia, and the Far East? I can see fewer GPs in Europe, more in the US, and more in the Middle East and Asia,” Domenicali explained.
There has been growing discontentment amongst some fans about F1 shifting away from traditions, moving outside Europe for Grands Prix, to which Domenicali responded. He believes that like any business, there needs to be evolution at some point.
“Connecting with people and maintaining relevance is essential but the audience figures are fantastic; the sport is growing everywhere. People say that F1 is old-fashioned and when I hear that I laugh,” Domenicali explained.
“The magic of having places that want to be part of our business in the future is part of our agenda. We’re not just looking at the beauty of the future. These places understand that the world is changing.
“It’s something that’s part of the evolution of a business, and this is an entertainment. Of course, we’re aware of the importance of tradition and it gives you the ingredients for the future. But if you live by tradition you don’t live long.”