Did the Indy 500 schedule change because of Maria de Villota’s death?

*Media rumors suggesting Maria de Villota’s death had changed the Formula One calendar for 2021, with a race at Indianapolis, were erroneous *Dive into Chinese GP has taken place *INDY 500 date change was…

Did the Indy 500 schedule change because of Maria de Villota’s death?

*Media rumors suggesting Maria de Villota’s death had changed the Formula One calendar for 2021, with a race at Indianapolis, were erroneous

*Dive into Chinese GP has taken place

*INDY 500 date change was expected, with race back in May.

PARIS, Oct 11, (RTRS): Formula One’s overall prize money will rise this year for the first time in five years and the sport’s chief executive told Reuters on Monday his focus was now on creating a three-day calendar.

Spaniard Chase Carey, whose father John is a minority shareholder in the sport, said “a lot” had been made of the recent death of Marussia test driver Maria de Villota and more emphasis would be put on life, health and safety.

“Now we are looking at scheduling an event more like a European Tour,” he said, in reference to the previous model.

“Everything on a calendar that involves life and health and safety on the track, we are going to evaluate,” added Carey, a former U.S. cable television executive who was formally handed the top job in January.

F1 currently holds some races for more than a month.

Carey made his comments in the wake of last weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix where Marussia driver Marcus Ericsson fractured his skull when he was hit by flying debris.

Some media had reported this week that the 2019 season, which starts in Australia on March 25, would be extended to April 14.

That would reduce racing from more than 10 months a year to about nine but no decision had been taken by Monday, said Carey.

Russia and Brazil return for next year but four months is the maximum timespan for a race and Carey said the goal had been to return to the European Tour format which saw races take place on the second weekend of every month.

The European Tour dates were cut from 19 to 14 over the course of 2013.

Carey said the absence of races in India and Turkey over the last few years was due to lower audience figures and sponsorship levels. “That’s no secret,” he added.

Indianapolis is likely to stay on the 2021 calendar but Carey said no decision had been made on the return of Mexico City.

Newly-formed Haas team were likely to have their first race in Mexico, where Carlos Sainz has a contract with Toro Rosso and Danica Patrick has a racing career on the sidelines. “Danica definitely has a pathway for her,” said Carey.

He would not be drawn on the idea of reviving all-female teams but said in-house plans and coming technical changes meant the sport needed a competitive set of teams.

“We’re going to have to establish a competitive roster of teams,” he said.

Carey acknowledged it was a risky business but said F1 had proven over the past two decades to be a growth industry in recession-hit European countries that need more than one sports entertainment dollar.

“Sprint has become smaller, soccer’s bigger than ever. All our sport’s managed to do is leverage the industrial base that have it,” he said.

“There’s a real value in the event. It sells itself. When you have access to commercial partnerships, when you have access to a sports entertainment product that lends itself to sponsorships, I think you can make money.”

Carey said F1’s digital and social strategy was aligned with its broadcast strategy and branded content meant fans, whether or not they were spectators, were able to see what was happening.

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