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    F1 should keep away from Le Mans clashes in future

    The previous rally co-driver, who was elected together with new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem final December, made the remark forward of subsequent month’s date battle between the centrepiece spherical of World Endurance Championship and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku.

    He identified that avoiding a conflict subsequent 12 months shall be significantly pertinent as a result of Le Mans is celebrating its centenary.

    “It’s a good alternative for us to say we must always not have a conflict subsequent 12 months and that ought to grow to be the norm,” stated Reid on a go to to final weekend’s Spa WEC spherical.

    “I might be supportive of there not being a conflict, typically and particularly subsequent 12 months.”

    Reid concedes that the FIA does “not have autonomy” over the F1 calendar.

    “WEC works in the way in which all of the championships bar F1 work whereby the promoter proposes a calendar and it’s as much as the FIA to just accept that calendar or not,” he defined.

    “F1 is barely completely different as a result of they beautiful a lot determine what the calendar is.”

    He recommended that avoiding a date battle would doubtless be “all the way down to a little bit of negotiation” with the Components One Group and its house owners Liberty Media, which maintain the business rights to F1.

    Reid, who gained the 2001 World Rally Championship alongside Richard Burns, added that he was expressing a private view and that he must test with Ben Sulayem if it was additionally his opinion.

    He revealed that Pierre Fillon, president of Le Mans organiser and WEC promoter the Car Membership de l’Ouest, had raised the topic with him at Spa.

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    “I used to be sat at dinner final night time reverse Pierre, so I do know the ACO’s opinion particularly with the centenary arising subsequent 12 months,” he stated.

    The Le Mans/Baku battle on the weekend of 11/12 June this 12 months is the primary between the French enduro and an F1 race in six years.

    The double-points WEC occasion came about on the identical weekend because the 2016 Baku F1 fixture, which was referred to as the European Grand Prix in its inaugural 12 months.

    The unique schedules for the 2020 and ’21 season listed the Canadian GP on the identical weekend as Le Mans, however the realignment of the worldwide motorsport calendar within the face of the COVID pandemic resulted within the WEC race going forward on a weekend freed from an F1 race in each years.

    Reid conceded the difficulties of avoiding a conflict because the variety of F1 grands prix continues to develop.

    “We’re form of operating out of weekends now the championship has obtained increasingly more rounds,” he stated.

    This 12 months’s F1 world championship will lengthen to a document 23 races ought to the cancelled Russian Grand Prix scheduled for Sochi get replaced as deliberate.

    It’s more likely to develop once more subsequent 12 months when a 3rd grand prix within the USA in Las Vegas joins the calendar and the Qatar fixture returns after changing the Australian GP on a one-off foundation in 2021.

    Jean Todt, Ben Sulayem’s predecessor as FIA president, additionally expressed a want to maintain Le Mans weekend freed from F1 over his time period in workplace.

    The Frenchman apologised when a rejig of the 2016 calendar resulted within the conflict with Le Mans, whereas stressing the difficulties placing collectively the worldwide calendars.

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