Swedish Formula One driver Marcus Ericsson, of Sauber, in action during the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo.
Swedish Formula One driver Marcus Ericsson, of Sauber, in action during the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo. Sebastiao Moreira

F1 owners interested in adding more races

MOTORSPORT: Just when it looked as though the Formula One calendar couldn't get any bigger, its new owners will look to expand the number of races in 2017.

Formula One has a record-equalling 21 races this season - with the last in Abu Dhabi to come - but Liberty Media chief executive Greg Maffei told investors at a conference there was room for more.

"There is a general line of interest if you increase the number of races to a point. The FIA (the International Automobile Federation, which governs the sport) makes more money, the teams make more money, we make more money,” he said.

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

Maffei said there were opportunities to expand in Latin America, Asia and the United States.

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

The future of South America's only current grand prix in Brazil is also uncertain due to the country's economic crisis.


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