F1 boss Carey: Formula E’s str

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F1 boss Carey: Formula E’s street party isn’t a threat

Despite Formula E’s growing popularity, Formula 1 boss Chase Carey is confident the “street party” will not rain on F1’s parade.

F1 boss Carey: Formula E’s str

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Formula E will never be a threat to Formula 1, at least that’s according to F1 boss Chase Carey who has called the electric car series a “street party”.

‘Formula E is a street party’

Formula E, now in its sixth season, has seen unprecedented growth as motor racing’s electric car series tackles new venues in an exciting one-day format.

Such is its popularity that earlier this month it was awarded World Championship status by the FIA for its seventh season, 2020/21.

With Formula 1’s growth slowing and the sport struggling to attract new teams and manufacturers, there is speculation that Formula E could one day challenge it for the billing of the world’s premier motor racing championship.

F1 boss Carey has told CNN that Formula E will never be a serious threat.

“No, actually, it certainly wouldn’t be Formula E,” said the American.

“I think Formula E is a very different vehicle today, largely a social cause and, you know, it’s a street party.

“I think we compete with everything out there. I mean, certainly other sports but other events and I think it’s important that we make our sport everything that makes it special. It’s a unique sport that combines technology and sport, it’s a sport that shocks your senses.

“It’s a sport that has incredible drivers, taking incredible risks, with incredible talent and it’s a sport that really is a spectacle. It’s not just a two-hour event, we’re here for three days, we’ve got a variety of things going on.

“There’s a depth and richness to it that really makes it unique and I think it’s important for us to highlight what makes us unique against everything else out there.”

Carey admits F1 is facing challenges

Carey, though, concedes that Formula 1 does not have all the answers with the sport facing questions about its environmental stance as well as its lack of diversity.

But while Liberty Media, the sport’s owners, have plans to reduce the carbon emissions to “net zero” by 2030, F1 is no closer to putting a female driver on the grid than it was 30 years ago.

The last female driver to attempt to enter a Formula 1 race was Giovanna Amati in 1992. She failed to qualify in all three attempts while in 1980 South Africa’s Desire Wilson tried to qualify an old Williams at the British Grand Prix. She too came up short.

Susie Wolff was the last woman to appear at a grand prix weekend, driving the Williams during the first practice session at the British Grand Prix as part of her test driver role.

“We want to increase the diversity,” said Carey. “We’ve been very public about it. We’ve said it’s one of our core objectives.

“Over the next few years, we’ve identified the environmental issues as one we’re going to tackle and diversity as one we’re going to tackle.

“We’re working hard, particularly the female diversity issue, but really on all levels of diversity. First, how important are the drivers? They’re critical. Sports are based on heroes and our biggest heroes are the drivers and Lewis has really been in many case, you know, an incredible leader in those initiatives.

“Obviously there are many causes he [Hamilton] has been public about that he is interested in pursuing. He’s a six-time World Champion. So you know, the importance of him speaks for itself. He’s not just one of the great drivers today. He’s one of the great drivers of all time.”

The 2020 Formula 1 season begins in 15 March in Australia.