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Liberty Media has owned Formula 1 for five years. At the recent Financial Times/Motorsport Network Business of F1 forum in Monaco, we spoke to Liberty CEO Greg Maffei and F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali about the key milestones and their future plans for F1 for the latest edition of #ThinkingForward.
Perhaps the motorsport series that best combines maximum accessibility for the fans with a high level of professionalism among competitors is the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.
Jean Todt is the inaugural winner of Autosport’s Gold Medal incorporating the Gregor Grant Award.
Carlo Boutagy is the Promoter of the Diriyah E-Prix, the opening round of the Formula E season as well as the Extreme E season-opener in Saudi Arabia. He created the official F1 Fan Zones 12 years ago and is a pioneer of fan engagement in motorsport. This weekend sees the fourth running of the Diriyah ePrix - it was first held as part of the 2018/19 season and was the first Formula E race to be held in the Middle East.
Newly-elected FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem is the first non-European to hold the role, but his appointment in place of the departing Jean Todt is also significant for his fresh approach to the governance of world motorsport. The effects of this are set to be felt across the world
Robert Reid won the 2001 World Rally Championship for Subaru as co-driver to Richard Burns, the 20th anniversary was celebrated last week. The Scot has since gone on to a career in the sport’s governance on several FIA commissions including Safety. He’s running in the FIA elections in three weeks for the role of Deputy President for Sport under Mohammed ben Sulayem. Victory would see him as “co-driver” to the most powerful role in motorsport, FIA President.
Arguably no country in the world is investing more in motorsport currently than Saudi Arabia.
Tom Kristensen is the most successful driver in the history of Le Mans 24 hours with nine outright victories. Since retiring from racing, he's been President of the FIA Drivers Commission. From that platform, he's running for the role of FIA Deputy President for Sport in December's election, alongside the current holder of that role, Graham Stoker, who's bidding to become President.
As the world emerges from the pandemic and people value going out and enjoying live experiences once again, it seems that Formula 1 is at the top of the wishlist. The US Grand Prix weekend at Austin had a record 400,000 spectators and this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix is also a sell-out, boosted by local hero Sergio Perez (known as Checo) now an established Grand Prix winner in a competitive car.
Mohammed ben Sulayem will be one of just two names on the ballot for FIA President in December, to succeed Jean Todt in the most powerful job in motorsport as head of the worldwide federation that owns and regulates F1 and the other World Championships. If successful, Ben Sulayem would be the first non-European to lead the FIA.
Formula One will have new power units from 2025 that will run on 100% sustainable fuels.
For the latest #ThinkingForward interview with leading figures from motorsport, ROKiT Venturi Racing Formula E team principal Susie Wolff comes home for this weekend’s London ePrix and looks into big decisions needed around the future of Formula E, the progress of women in motorsport, and her own plans for the future.
In the latest part of the #ThinkingForward series, Graham Stoker has spoken about his decision to stand for the FIA presidency in the election to be held later this year.
Alejandro Agag is celebrated as a pioneer of sustainable motorsport having created not one, but two electric racing series from scratch. Earlier this month he staged the inaugural Extreme E event, while Formula E is thriving in its seventh season. For the latest #ThinkingForward interview with motorsport’s leaders, we ask Agag how he sees Extreme E evolving and whether he believes that motorsport has successfully taken the opportunity of the coronavirus crisis to reshape itself for the future?
Juan Pablo Montoya lit up Formula 1 twenty years ago, has been an IndyCar champion and Indy500 winner, and is still active today competing in IndyCar and Le Mans.
DTM boss Gerhard Berger says the addition of top sportscar racing teams from Europe and Asia has vindicated the championship's decision to adopt GT3 regulations for this season.
It is 30 years since Gerhard Berger was a team-mate in Formula 1 to Ayrton Senna at McLaren and today the Austrian is very active in motorsport as the boss of the DTM. The series has undergone a huge transformation this year, with a change of regulations to GT3. Berger is also overseeing an ambitious programme to create a 1,000 horsepower electric DTM car as one possible avenue for the future.
If you thought car racing was a male dominated sport, it's nothing compared to motorbikes, where female participation at rider, team management and engineer level is very low
The World Rally Championship kicks off with Rally Monte Carlo, part of a 12-round calendar that features first events for Croatia and Belgium and a return of the Safari Rally
With the retirement of Frank Williams this year, Toto Wolff is now the most successful active team principal in Formula 1
Formula 1 audience survey reveals overwhelming fan demand for sustainable racing
Formula 1 fans may not have heard of Yath Gangakumaran, but he is an influential figure in the future of the sport. As Director of Strategy and business development his role is to set the long-term direction for F1, working with Chase Carey and, from January, the incoming CEO Stefano Domenicali
Michele Mouton is a true legend of motorsport. Still the only woman to have won world championship rallies, the sight of her wresting the mighty Audi quattro in the 1980s, matching the top male rally drivers of the time, is as iconic as any moment of Formula 1 or Le Mans history
The virtual racing world of Esports and sim racing has undergone two years worth of growth in a few months this year, thanks to the attention on it during the Covid lockdown. Real racing stopped and fans and drivers flocked to the virtual world. But where does it go next?
Since his shock decision to retire as a driver after winning the 2016 Formula One world championship, Nico Rosberg has remained in the public eye. And much of his activity has been focused on the electric and the sustainability agenda, as a shareholder of the all electric FIA Formula E series and founder of the Greentech Festival. Now as a team owner in the newly launched Extreme E series, he's going head to head with former team mate and nemesis Lewis Hamilton and a cast of US racing legends. As manufacturers and sponsors increase pressure on the sport to demonstrate a sense of purpose, what is Rosberg's vision for the future of the sport and does the internal combustion engine still have any part in it?
Nathalie McGloin is a disabled woman who races on equal terms against able bodied men in Porsches. As a teenager she broke her spine as a passenger in a road accident - but now the car has brought her a new purpose
Bob Bell has enjoyed a stellar career as a top engineer in Formula 1 with McLaren, Benetton, Jordan, Renault, and Mercedes
Mark Miles, president and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corporation, says IndyCar will remain focused on enhancing its presence in North America and finding a third engine manufacturer
After a successful 2019 debut season, W Series, the development championship for female race drivers, was forced to cancel its 2020 calendar due to COVID-19
Formula E was set up as the racing series with a sense of purpose, to create a more sustainable future
This weekend the World Rallycross Championship restarts in Sweden, with the season set at 10 rounds across seven venues, with the goal for fans to attend from round three in Latvia
The legendary Isle of Man TT, the world's oldest motorcycle race, brings in around £7 million a year in revenues and economic benefit to the island
As the boss of the British Touring Car Championship as well as president of the FIA Touring Car Commission, Alan Gow is the most senior leader in the touring car world
British Touring Car Championship supremo Alan Gow says he is more and more confident that the series will run in front of spectators when it returns in August
In the latest part of the #thinkingforward series, Formula 2 and Formula 3 boss Bruno Michel reflects on how the championships reacted to the COVID-19 crisis and how it plans for a sustainable future
IMSA is working with the Department of Homeland Security to allow its non-US drivers and personnel to gain entry into the country, the sportscar sanctioning body's president John Doonan says
Renault Formula 1 boss Cyril Abiteboul reckons F1's 'new deal', involving a wide-reaching package of cost control measures, will boost the chances of his manufacturer remaining in the championship
Pirelli's head of Formula 1 and car racing Mario Isola has revealed the complex challenges for his company if racing restarts in July, but he sees no insurmountable obstacle that could stop the sport getting the show back on the road
McLaren Racing boss Zak Brown has described the LMDh rules that will be used in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship from 2022 onwards as "very appealing"
Front-running Formula 1 teams should offer customer cars for free if they are serious about the practice as a cost-saving measure, according to McLaren chief Zak Brown
McLaren team principal Zak Brown believes a championship of 14 or 15 races at 10 venues is more realistic than Formula 1's plans for up to 18 events this season
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes Formula 1 must look beyond a budget cap and consider 'bold' plans like customer cars in a bid to help all teams survive the coronavirus crisis
Ex-Ferrari Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali says it would be "criminal" for motorsport not to seize the opportunity for major reform for the future presented by the coronavirus pandemic
In the latest in our #thinkingforward interview series, Automobile Club de l'Ouest President Pierre Fillon and WEC CEO Gerard Neveu discuss how endurance racing will emerge from the coronavirus pandemic
The technical regulations for the new LMDh platform that will form the basis for top-class sportscar competition from 2022 will be unveiled within the next fortnight
The head of British motorsport's governing body believes that the United Kingdom must take a lead on helping racing successfully advance from the coronavirus crisis
A decision to delay the introduction of the Gen3 Formula E car will not be made until June or July, according to series founder and chairman Alejandro Agag
Formula E is aiming for another 'five or six' races this season that could take place behind closed doors, according to series founder and chairman Alejandro Agag
Formula 1 chiefs should "shake down" the sport's financial model and slash the budget cap to $75 million amid the uncertainty caused by coronavirus, reckons Formula E boss Alejandro Agag
FIA Formula E chairman Alejandro Agag has warned that many motorsport series around the world are at risk due to the current coronavirus crisis
Ferrari chairman Louis Camilleri believes that Formula 1's Netflix series was a significant boost to the championship's image
Ferrari has confirmed it has retained its right to veto Formula 1 rules as part of the new Concorde Agreement that is being drafted for 2021
I never get tired of visiting F1's night race, the Singapore Grand Prix
Formula 1 track designer Hermann Tilke says the championship's push to add more grands prix on city circuits opens the door for more exciting track layouts in the future
Former grand prix driver Felipe Massa has outlined his vision for the future of karting, as he works to help better prepare young drivers to reach Formula 1
Formula 1 chairman Chase Carey has made it clear that new grand prix venues will only earn their place on the calendar if they provide tracks good for racing