Chase Carey Isn't Worried About The Continuing Rise Of Formula E

Chase Carey Isn't Worried About The Continuing Rise Of Formula E

The F1 boss has referred to the all-electric series as a "street party" and says that F1 will always be the top form of motorsport

The 2018 pre-season has already given us plenty of drama, be it the posturing surrounding the removal of grid girls from F1, or the apparent growing war of words between Formula 1 boss Chase Carey and Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag.

Reacting to comments made by Agag claiming that Formula E could be the sole surviving form of motorsport in 30 years time, Carey has hit back. Speaking to Sports Bild, he said:

“I’m glad he has a crystal ball that can look 20 to 30 years into the future. Formula E is not a competitor for us. It represents one thing that matters to all of us: the environment. It’s more of a street party than a sports event. People who were there told me they had fun because there was music and good food.

Formula 1 is watched worldwide, and we now have the opportunity to take it to a new level. I believe that other series even help us, because they create interest. The premier class is and remains Formula 1.”

The comments follow further swipes that Formula E made against F1. Agag accused the sport of copying Formula E’s ideas, and when F1 announced that grid girls would no longer be a thing Formula E issued a statement saying “Welcome to the 21st century”. However, not long after that, Formula E announced that it might continue to use grid girls in the future after all!

Formula E has used grid kids in the past
Formula E has used grid kids in the past

Both series have positives and negatives and it’s funny how Carey and Agag would seemingly rather engage in a bit of banter than work together to improve both championships. After a few weeks of navigating the ethical minefield of liberal female employment, our next mass argument could concern the street party factor of Formula E, or the short(er) future that Formula 1 apparently has. Some of us are just looking forward to and enjoying the racing though, in both categories.