Adam Parr: Number of races can increase
4 August, 2011
Aug.4 (Reuters) Williams chairman Adam Parr has gone against the grain and declared he wants more races on the already packed Formula One calendar.
It will be the first time some races are not on free-to-air television in one of the sport’s biggest markets but Parr reckoned the decision was inevitable given the huge costs in F1 and the BBC being forced to cut back on spending.
“We understand they will still be doing a full (highlights) broadcast at 6pm which actually for a lot of people is a better time than it is now,” said Parr, who has attempted to reduce F1 costs and is implementing a major personnel revamp at his struggling team.
“The fundamental challenge is that Formula One is a very, very expensive show. It is not two blokes with a couple of tennis rackets and a pair of plimsolls all of which was provided free.
“If you go to Cirque de Soleil and you see cutting edge performers in an amazing facility constantly updating the show it costs you 100 pounds for a good ticket, or you can go to your local circus with a couple of mangy elephants and a rather droopy clown and it costs you 10 pounds. People are capable of distinguishing.”