Formula One’s circuits have created a union designed to give them a greater say on the future of the sport, according to business journalist Christian Sylt. He revealed in the Independent newspaper that the Formula One Promoters Association, created in May, is chaired by Australian grand prix chief Ron Walker.
Last year, it emerged that – led by Walker – F1’s race promoters were threatening to switch to Indycar because the new six cylinder engines in 2014 will not be loud enough. Now, Silverstone chairman Neil England has confirmed the founding of the F1 circuits’ union.
“We have historically lacked a coordinated voice and the Formula One promoters association gives us the opportunity to have that. There are a number of matters of common interest and I think it is important that those are voiced,” he said.
The formation of the circuits’ union coincides with the negotiations over the next Concorde Agreement.
“The circuits’ desire to have a say in (the technical regulations) is the driving force behind their decision to unite,” said journalist Sylt.
Union chairman Ron Walker confirmed: “The circuits are concerned by the constant changing of rules by the FIA which is confusing the fans and affecting ticket sales.” He revealed that a survey in March showed that 92 per cent of the spectators at Albert Park this year did not understand F1’s latest rules.