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Liberty Media has owned Formula One for five years. At the recent Financial Times/Motorsport Network Business of F1 forum in Monaco, we spoke to Liberty CEO Greg Maffei and F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali about the key milestones and their future plans for F1 for the latest edition of #ThinkingForward.
Perhaps the motorsport series that best combines maximum accessibility for the fans with a high level of professionalism among competitors is the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.
Jean Todt is the inaugural winner of Autosport’s Gold Medal incorporating the Gregor Grant Award.
Carlo Boutagy is the Promoter of the Diriyah E-Prix, the opening round of the Formula E season as well as the Extreme E season-opener in Saudi Arabia. He created the official F1 Fan Zones 12 years ago and is a pioneer of fan engagement in motorsport. This weekend sees the fourth running of the Diriyah ePrix - it was first held as part of the 2018/19 season and was the first Formula E race to be held in the Middle East.
Newly-elected FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem is the first non-European to hold the role, but his appointment in place of the departing Jean Todt is also significant for his fresh approach to the governance of world motorsport. The effects of this are set to be felt across the world
Robert Reid won the 2001 World Rally Championship for Subaru as co-driver to Richard Burns, the 20th anniversary was celebrated last week. The Scot has since gone on to a career in the sport’s governance on several FIA commissions including Safety. He’s running in the FIA elections in three weeks for the role of Deputy President for Sport under Mohammed ben Sulayem. Victory would see him as “co-driver” to the most powerful role in motorsport, FIA President.
Arguably no country in the world is investing more in motorsport currently than Saudi Arabia. Their efforts will be projected onto a world stage in December as the F1 season reaches a thrilling climax and one of the venues playing host is a new street circuit in Jeddah. F1 has signed a long-term contract with Saudi Arabia to host F1 and ultimately the race will run on a new purpose-built circuit that is being developed in Qiddiya. They also have the Dakar rally, Formula E, and Extreme E events.
Tom Kristensen is the most successful driver in the history of Le Mans 24 hours with nine outright victories. Since retiring from racing, he's been President of the FIA Drivers Commission. From that platform, he's running for the role of FIA Deputy President for Sport in December's election, alongside the current holder of that role, Graham Stoker, who's bidding to become President.
As the world emerges from the pandemic and people value going out and enjoying live experiences once again, it seems that Formula 1 is at the top of the wishlist. The US Grand Prix weekend at Austin had a record 400,000 spectators and this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix is also a sell-out, boosted by local hero Sergio Perez (known as Checo) now an established Grand Prix winner in a competitive car.
Mohammed ben Sulayem will be one of just two names on the ballot for FIA President in December, to succeed Jean Todt in the most powerful job in motorsport as head of the worldwide federation that owns and regulates F1 and the other World Championships. If successful, Ben Sulayem would be the first non-European to lead the FIA.
Formula One will have new power units from 2025 that will run on 100% sustainable fuels.
For the latest #ThinkingForward interview with leading figures from motorsport, Venturi Formula E team principal Susie Wolff comes home for this weekend’s London ePrix and looks into big decisions needed around the future of Formula E, the progress of women in motorsport, and her own plans for the future.
In the latest part of the #ThinkingForward series, Graham Stoker has spoken about his decision to stand for the FIA presidency in the election to be held later this year.
Alejandro Agag is celebrated as a pioneer of sustainable motorsport having created not one, but two electric racing series from scratch. Earlier this month he staged the inaugural Extreme E event, while Formula E is thriving in its seventh season. For the latest #ThinkingForward interview with motorsport’s leaders, we ask Agag how he sees Extreme E evolving and whether he believes that motorsport has successfully taken the opportunity of the Coronavirus crisis to reshape itself for the future?
Juan Pablo Montoya lit up Formula One twenty years ago, has been an IndyCar champion and Indy500 winner, and is still active today competing in IndyCar and Le Mans.
DTM boss Gerhard Berger says the addition of top sportscar racing teams from Europe and Asia has vindicated the championship's decision to adopt GT3 regulations for this season.
It is 30 years since Gerhard Berger was a teammate in Formula One to Ayrton Senna at McLaren Honda and today the Austrian is very active in motorsport as the boss of DTM. The series has undergone a huge transformation this year, with a change of regulations to GT3. Berger is also overseeing an ambitious program to create a 1,000 horsepower electric DTM car as one possible avenue for the future.
If you thought car racing was a male-dominated sport, it’s nothing compared to motorbikes, where female participation at the rider, team management, and engineer level is very low. While there are programs in place to encourage female participation in cars, like FIA Girls on Track and powerful voices like Michele Mouton and Susie Wolff, bike racing has few parallels.
The World Rally Championship kicks off on January 21-24 with the Monte Carlo Rally, part of a 12-date calendar that features first events for Croatia and Ypres as well as the return to the Safari Rally in Kenya.
With the retirement of Frank Williams this year, Toto Wolff is now the most successful active team principal in Formula 1. His range of motorsport responsibilities for Mercedes also includes Formula E, where rivals BMW and Audi made shock withdrawal announcements recently. So how does the seven-time world champion team boss see the future of both series and what is his view on what the motorsport of tomorrow will look like?
F1 audience survey reveals overwhelming fan demand for sustainable racing.
Formula 1 fans may not have heard of Yath Gangakumaran, but he is an influential figure in the future of the sport. As director of strategy and business development his role is to set the long-term direction for Formula 1, working with Chase Carey and, from January, the incoming CEO Stefano Domenicali.
Michele Mouton is a true legend of our sport. Still the only woman to have won a world championship rallies, the sight of her wresting the mighty Audi Quattro and Peugeot 205 T16 in the 1980s, matching the top male rally drivers of the time, is as iconic as any moment of motorsport history.
The virtual racing world of esports and sim racing has undergone two years’ worth of growth in a few months this year, thanks to the attention on it during the Covid lockdown. Real racing stopped and fans and drivers flocked to the virtual world. But where does it go next?
Since his shock decision to retire as a driver after winning the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship, Nico Rosberg has remained in the public eye. And much of his activity has been focused on the electric and the sustainability agenda, as a shareholder of the all-electric FIA Formula E series and founder of the Greentech Festival.
Motorsport Network is proud to support the FIA Girls on Track - Rising Stars initiative that will see one young female racer become part of the Ferrari Driver Academy with the chance to race in FIA Formula 4 as Ferrari’s first female driver.
Nathalie McGloin is a disabled woman who races on equal terms against able bodied men in Porsches. As a teenager she broke her spine as a passenger in a road accident, now the car has brought her a new purpose.
Bob Bell has enjoyed a stellar career as a top engineer in Formula 1 with McLaren, Benetton, Jordan, Renault and Mercedes. He was technical director at Renault during Fernando Alonso’s title winning years, then team principal after the departure of Flavio Briatore. And more recently was one of the architects of the current Mercedes F1 juggernaut.
Mark Miles, president and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp., says the NTT IndyCar Series will remain focused on enhancing its presence in North America and finding a third engine manufacturer.
IndyCar has been in the news recently with an exciting new street race for 2021 announced in Nashville. Under the ownership of American racing legend Roger Penske, both the series and the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway have the foundations of a strong future ahead. So what does that future look like and what are the threats, beyond the current pandemic?
After a successful 2019 debut season, W Series – the development championship for female race drivers – was forced to cancel its 2020 calendar due to Covid-19.
Formula E, the all-electric single-seater series, was set up as the motorsport championship with a sense of purpose, to create a more sustainable future. As the world has changed dramatically this year, the series is well placed to capitalise.
This weekend the World Rallycross Championship (WRX) restarts in Sweden, the season now set at seven rounds with the goal to have fans potentially in attendance from round three in Latvia.
The legendary TT, the world's oldest motorcycle race, brings in around £7 million a year in revenues and economic benefit to the Isle of Man. This year it was cancelled due to the Coronavirus crisis, disappointing the 50,000 fans who attend the event and millions who follow it around the world.
As the boss of the British Touring Car Championship as well as President of the FIA Touring Car Commission, Alan Gow is the most senior leader in the touring car world.
In the latest part of the #thinkingforward series, Formula 2 and Formula 3 boss Bruno Michel reflects on how the two championships reacted to the COVID-19 crisis and how they plan for a sustainable future.
The United States is the first country where pro-level motor racing has restarted with NASCAR leading the way and the other major series IndyCar and IMSA set to follow in the coming weeks.
IMSA President John Doonan says the American sportscar sanctioning body is working as hard as it can to get its 2020 season back on track, following the COVID-19 pandemic, by working with the Department of Homeland Security to allow its non-US drivers and personnel to gain entry into the country.
Renault F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul reckons that the 'new deal' for Formula 1 involving a wide-reaching package of measures aimed at cost control and levelling the competitive playing field is a victory for common sense and will be a boost to his French car manufacturer staying in the sport.
Pirelli's head of Formula 1 and car racing Mario Isola has revealed the complex challenges that lie ahead for his company if grands prix are to restart in July, but he sees no insurmountable obstacle that could stop the sport getting the show back on the road.
McLaren team principal Zak Brown believes that a championship of 14 or 15 races at 10 venues is realistic to start the 2020 Formula 1 season.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner has revealed the ‘unthinkable’ scenario in which Renault personnel, including senior technical figures, worked at his team’s factory recently as part of Project Pitlane.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes Formula 1 must look beyond a budget cap and consider 'bold' plans like customer cars in a bid to help all teams survive the coronavirus crisis.
Stefano Domenicali has said that it would be “criminal” for motorsport not to seize the opportunity presented by the current pandemic crisis to reset the sport for the future.
For the latest in our series of #thinkingforward interviews with leaders from across motorsport Charles Bradley and James Allen discuss how the Le Mans 24 Hours and worldwide endurance racing will emerge from this pandemic crisis with Automobile Club de l’Ouest President Pierre Fillon and WEC CEO Gerard Neveu.
The technical regulations for the new LMDh platform that will form the basis for top-class sportscar competition from 2022 will be unveiled within the next fortnight, according to Pierre Fillon, the president of Le Mans 24 Hours organiser the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.
The Le Mans 24 Hours could yet be run in October or November, if the rescheduled event can’t happen in September as is currently planned.
Formula E could introduce further cost cutting measures for teams in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to series founder and chairman Alejandro Agag.
A decision to delay the introduction of the Gen3 Formula E car will not be made until June or July, according to series founder and chairman Alejandro Agag.
Formula 1 chiefs should seize the opportunity prompted by the coronavirus crisis to ‘shake down’ the sport’s financial model and slash the budget cap to $75 million, believes Formula E boss Alejandro Agag.
Formula E chairman Alejandro Agag has warned that many motorsport series are at risk due to the current crisis and the industry will have to consolidate around a much smaller number of categories.
FIA President Jean Todt says that motorsport is facing a new reality and requires a new approach as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ferrari has confirmed that it has retained the veto it has over Formula 1 rules, as part of the new Concorde Agreement that is being drafted for 2021.
James Allen revisits the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where the call to make an early pitstop proved a winning one for Lewis Hamilton – but costly for others who became mired in traffic.
James Allen analyses the Brazilian Grand Prix, where the variation in the tyres offered by Pirelli served to spice up the action on many levels.