Mexico, Russia differ from F1 promoters’ statement
The organizers of the Mexican Grand Prix have stated they disagree with the views released by the Formula One Promoters’ Association (FOPA) regarding Liberty Media.
FOPA released a statement on Monday night criticizing “a lack of clarity on new initiatives in F1,” as well as moves away from free-to-air broadcasting and the manner in which some new races could be introduced. In the statement, FOPA — chaired by Silverstone’s Stuart Pringle — said it wants “a more collaborative approach to the development of the championship and the opportunity to offer their experience and expertise in a spirit of partnership with Formula 1 and the FIA.”
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The statement said it represented the views of 16 grands prix, while Pringle was later quoted as saying “we have great concerns about the future health of the sport under the people who run it now.”
However, the Mexican Grand Prix promoters have moved to distance themselves from the views expressed in the statement in a release of their own.
“Following the statement made by the Formula One Promoters’ Association (FOPA), the Formula 1 Gran Premio de Mexico promoters want to express their sympathy with the promoters from other countries, understanding that each country and race is different,” the Mexican GP promoters said.
“However, Formula 1 Grand Premio de Mexico did not participate in said meeting and appreciate the work that the new owners of Formula 1 are doing to understand the promoters’ requirements and concerns, as well as those from the fans.
“The Mexican Grand Prix’s promoters recognize that the new administration of Formula 1 has listened and been sensitive to their concerns, with both parties working very closely together. As a result, they do not agree with what was released by the Formula One Promoters’ Association on their behalf.”
With the contract for the race in Mexico City set to end after this year’s edition of the race, the statement added: “The Mexican promoters and Formula 1 continue the negotiations regarding the renewal of the Formula 1 Gran Premio de Mexico contract in private.”
The statement from Mexico comes after Russian Grand Prix promoter Sergey Vorobyev said on social media that he does “not share FOPA’s point of view and approach,” with Russia not a member of the association.
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