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Stefano Domenicali, CEO, Formula 1, on the grid
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The cash conundrum behind F1’s latest calendar choices

Liberty Media's assurance that any new races joining the calendar must add excitement and value for the fans, the teams and Formula 1 overall has been tested by multiple factors all dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic. But with one eye on the balance sheet, is F1 going against its pledges with its latest plans?

"What we want to see is a race circuit, we don’t want Mickey Mouse circuits. We don’t want those old classic street circuits with 90-degree turns. We want fast sweeping circuits, circuits which are going to challenge the drivers - and they are going to love it - and we want circuits where we can have wheel-to-wheel racing."

Those were the words of Ross Brawn earlier this year when, talking about the new Saudi Arabia track design, he raved about the new approach that F1 owners Liberty Media had been taking when it came to adding fresh additions to the calendar.

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