Barcelona boss notes post-Ecclestone era differences


Circuit de Catalunya boss Vicenc Aguilera says that Formula 1 is different now that former supremo Bernie Ecclestone is no longer in charge.

The Spanish manager met with F1 CEO Chase Carey last week for a formal introduction before next weekend's Spanish Grand Prix which the US executive is hoping to keep on the F1 calendar for the long term.

"Things are different with Liberty (Media)," Aguilera told the Spanish daily Marca.

"It was important that Carey gave support to our race and I got to know him," he said.

"Now things are managed differently in F1 with Ross Brawn, Sean Bratches and Chase and it seems to work very well.

"I'm trying to lay the groundwork for the race to continue at the circuit for at least ten more years," said Aguilera.

He said he will also push Carey and Liberty to try to make F1 more exciting, insisting that the sport's two-wheel counterpart, MotoGP, is "more extreme".

"The races are more boring and more predictable," said Aguilera.

"I asked Bernie several times to change it, but they didn't. It was a big mistake by the FIA and FOM to have a product that is so much more expensive but less attractive."

The Circuit de Catalunya will host its 27th Spanish Grand Prix this year, it's first edition in Barcelona taking place in 1991.


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