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Liberty looking to expand calendar

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17/11/2016

At a time current races remain under threat, Liberty Media, F1's new owner, is looking to expand the calendar.

Only last week, Bernie Ecclestone admitted that while the Canadian Grand Prix appears to have been saved, the future of the events in Brazil and German remain in doubt.

While drivers and teams feel that a 21-race calendar is already taking its toll - and let's not forget Pitpass' long held claim that it should be about quality not quantity - Liberty Media is hoping to add more races to the season.

Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecoms conference, Liberty's chief executive, Greg Maffei, once again shared his vision for the sport's future.

"There is a general line of interest if you increase the number of races to a point," he said. "The FIA makes more money, the teams make more money, we make more money.

"Obviously there is a limit on how much you can do," he admitted. "Just getting the cars around the world, but I think we can expect to grow the amount of races to a mild degree."

Having previously revealed that gambling is an area Liberty is seeking to explore with the sport, Maffei, who had previously talked of his hopes for more races at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference in New York, reiterated his desire to see the sport take to the streets of the city synonymous with gambling.

"I particularly like the idea of a night race in Las Vegas," he said.

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1. Posted by Sennapod, 18/11/2016 23:15

"NASCAR....36 races..all in the same country."

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2. Posted by Spindoctor, 18/11/2016 10:00

"I foolishly thought that after Bernie things could only get better..... I'm wrong
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3. Posted by StephenA, 18/11/2016 1:24

"...remember NASCAR has 36 races in it's season..."

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4. Posted by edllorca, 17/11/2016 15:02

"The inmates running the asylum? Why do so many people insist on breaking F1. I tis broken enough with CVC Bernie and Todt now Liberty wants to break it some more...

Not to pine for the past but the old privateer F1 is looking better and better in comparison."

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