Formula 1 boss sticks against Ecclestone
Formula 1 boss Chase Carey justifies himself for the changes in the coming season and distributes a side-stroke to his predecessor.
Formula 1 boss Chase Carey has resisted accusations that the new owners of the motorsport premier class would forget the base.
“The fans are incredibly important to us, just like Europe – and I also mean Germany,”said the 64-year-old to Sport Bild.
Especially because of the abolition of the Grid Girls for the new season, Carey and his comrades-in-arms had recently received a lot of criticism from supporters and pilots.
The 64-year-old, however, defended the line of Liberty Media, which had taken over Formula 1 almost a year ago for around four billion euros:”Our motto is: the same game, different approach. We want to create a product that includes everything the fans grew up with, but which is not frozen in time. If you don’t allow change to happen, you can’t grow.”
Carey referred to a “negative spiral”which Formula 1 has been exposed to in recent years under the leadership of Bernie Ecclestone. With the takeover of the royal class, Carey dismissed the long-standing promoter of the series last January.
Overall, Carey believes Formula 1 is well positioned. World champion Lewis Hamilton is “a very special personality”. The traditional Ferrari racing team, whose boss Sergio Marchionne had last threatened to abandon Formula 1 for the 2021 season, is “the brightest light in this sport”for Carey.
For the 2018 season, scheduled for 25. The past season was “too much” influenced by the duel between Mercedes driver Hamilton and Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel.
A return of Fernando Alonso and McLaren to the top of Formula 1 would be just as much a “beautiful scenario” for the king class boss as an intervention of the young Dutchman Max Verstappen in the title fight.