Nov.5 (GMM) Another potential candidate for a second grand prix in the United States may have emerged.
Having already failed to get a downtown race off the ground, Liberty Media is trying again to organise a grand prix in Miami, this time mainly on the grounds of the Hard Rock Stadium.
But that campaign is faltering amid serious opposition from neighbourhood groups and key bureaucrats.
So it is with interest that Roger Penske, a legend of American motor racing, has bought not only the Indycar series, but also the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Indy 500 venue hosted Formula 1 between 2000 and 2007 on an infield circuit that used a section of the fabled oval.
Penske now says he might bid to bring the series back to Indianapolis.
“We’ve got to try some things,” he said on Monday. “I am prepared to take a risk. No risk, no reward.
“We want to add capability as there are more fan zones, what can we use this for? Can we run a 24-hour race here? Can we run a Formula 1 race here? What are the things we can do? This is a great asset,” Penske added.
F1 Changes Starting in 2021 - After many months of discussions and deliberations, Formula 1’s ten teams have now agreed to the terms of the “Concorde Agreement” that binds them to the world championship for another five years.
This agreement is a contract between Formula 1, the FIA governing body and the teams which wish to compete in the F1 World Championship from 2021 to 2025 and defines how F1’s television revenues and prize money will be distributed.
Formula 1 bosses have been keen to build a strong foundation on which to secure the long-term future for the championship. As such a revolutionary new budget cap will be introduced next year, along with new technical regulations and a new set of sporting rules coming in 2022.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for everyone in 2020, and has served as another reminder that something needed to change. Once the championship restarted, so too could the commercial agreement talks.
By changing the way the prize money is distributed, it was inevitable that some teams would be happy – as they would receive a greater share – and others less so, as they would have a smaller slice.
But ultimately, as they have increasingly done in recent months, all the stakeholders found a way to come together and compromise on the document, which they agreed to in time for the early deadline of August 18th – which brought a small financial incentive.
With the 10 teams signed up for the next five years, and the regulations and cost cap defined, Formula 1 can finally embark on a new era. The new agreement also squashes any speculation that teams like Mercedes or Haas might not be around for the long term.
The hope now is that all F1 teams can develop themselves into robust operations financially while also closing the pack in terms of competitiveness that can in turn improve the racing spectacle.
Roll on 2021!