FIA considering tender for new Formula 1 teams


Formula 1 could be set to welcome more teams to the grid in the next few years after FIA president Jean Todt revealed in an interview that he is considering opening up a tender for new projects.

The FIA last opened up a tender at the end of 2013, with NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas winning the bid to get a team on the grid for the 2016 season.

F1 has encountered a number of problems in recent years due to financial uncertainty, with Caterham and HRT F1 Team both collapsing since 2012.

Marussia appeared to be going the same way as its fellow minnows after entering administration last October, but has since found fresh investment and is poised to join the grid for next weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.

Speaking to The New York Times, Todt said that although he did sympathize with Caterham and Marussia, their stories would not deter him from opening a tender for future teams.

“I am not happy for Marussia and Caterham and I sympathize for them, but it has always happened,” Todt said.

“In 2016 we have a new team coming, and we may make a tender again for one or two teams to encourage teams – and try to reduce the costs.”

Cost control has been F1’s biggest problem in recent years, with a proposed cost cap of $50m in 2010 being rejected by the sport’s more powerful teams.

Nevertheless, the decision was taken in 2014 to overhaul the technical regulations, with the cost of the new engines prompting many to question whether it was the right move.

The hybrid power units have come under fire for their cost and their functionality, but Todt believes that it was crucial for F1 to set an example to the car market that is becoming increasingly efficient.

“I feel it is one of the few sensible decisions which has been taken over the last period,” Todt said. “Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motor sport, so we must be an example to society.”

One of the other contributing factors to the sport’s financial crisis is the fact that only the top ten finishers in the constructors’ championship receive prize money. Although this does foster competition, it also means that those towards the back end of the field face a huge challenge to simply survive.

Should a tender be opened and the grid swell to 12 or 13 teams, it would perhaps be wise for the sport to review its prize money structure and consider other commercial changes to ensure that a full grid is able to race for years to come.

IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:

Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change