Former manager of Formula 1, Bernie Ecclestone He criticized his successors for focusing too strongly on the US market.
The 92-year-old British businessman, who owned the franchise for nearly 40 years until exiting in 2017, had previously tried and failed to cash in overseas with the World Car Speed Championship. This year, three F1 races have been or will be held in the US, in Miami, Austin and the new venue, Las Vegas.
Speaking to a German media group, Ecclestone made it clear in Miami in May that “the current rights holder only cares about the US market.
The parade is more like the Oscars than a sporting event
He said he didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
“It’s all a joke,” he said.
Ecclestone accuses Liberty Media, which owns the commercial rights, of seeking only the favor of American supporters, risking the sport losing its roots.