Liberty warns Silverstone over F1 future

Paola Ditto
Novembre 10, 2018

The 2019 race will be the last under the current deal, which was signed under Bernie Ecclestone's reign, but Silverstone is keen to pen a new contract with Liberty Media to preserve the grand prix for the foreseeable future.

Silverstone past year triggered a contract clause that will see their deal end early, which will expire in 2019.

But Bratches justified the addition of Vietnam's street race, insisting its presence would not come to the detriment of F1's core historical events.

Commenting on bringing the famous race series to Vietnam Hanoi chairman Nguyen Duc Chung said: "It demonstrates Vietnam's ability, as one of the fastest growing economies in the world to host events on a global scale and attract tourism to the country". Hamilton won the Brazilian race in 2016 and lifted his first F1 title in Sao Paulo 10 years ago, finishing fourth after a dramatic overtake on the last lap.

Earlier this week F1's commercial managing director Sean Bratches hinted that the race could move away from Silverstone, its permanent home since 1987 and a regular F1 venue throughout the championship's history.

Fan reaction to the Vietnam race was mixed, but Bratches says F1 fans can expect more of the same as Liberty looks to overhaul F1.

"We still have two races to go and a championship at stake".

"Nothing is immutable in this sport in terms of where we race".

Vietnam will host a Formula One grand prix for the first time in 2020 with a street race in Hanoi, organizers said Wednesday.

Ecclestone told Reuters past year that he had talks with the Vietnamese about a race while he was in charge but had decided, despite the money on offer, against it because he felt there were enough in that part of the world already. "The race is also an important part of our broader strategy to grow our sport in Asia, and clearly, Vietnam is a driving force for the growth in Asia".

"Then we have a set of street races and hybrid street races, where we race in parks and on city streets, such as Melbourne, Montreal and Mexico City".

"Beyond that we are looking to identify further street races, so this race is a further step in terms of our vision".

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