“It’s not the world championship because of where it’s held, but who competes, and F1 has always had diversity on that front”
If F1 doesn’t expand then it’ll be harder for new talents to emerge to countries that have no racing heritage.
Europe is at the very centre of F1. It has loads of races. Despite all the venues in the east etc. we have (had) Valencia, Turkey, Rome and various others trying to add to the calendar. F1 isn’t really expanding out of Europe the calendar is just expanding.
We need to not just be focussed on Europe or where F1 has a history or the sport will miss out on vital markets. It needs growth.
Not only that but the competitiors are mainly just from Europe. There’s a million Germans on the grid, there was a few Spaniards and two Brits who are from the ‘heart’ of motorsport land. It’s still very much Europe based.
Also, look at the teams. Every single team is based in Europe and quite a handful in Britain because it makes sense. If F1 really was expanding so quickly then a team based in America or wherever might actually survive but right now it’s impossible because Europe is so dominant on the calendar and the costs would be huge.
F1 doesn’t need Europe but it’s a perfect base but it does need variety if it really is going to be a successful global sport.
The biggest problem is working out where the races away from Europe should be held. I don’t think it’s as well balanced as it could be and the numbers are going to have to stop rising soon.