In stark distinction to final yr’s ultimate lap thriller in Abu Dhabi, Max Verstappen clinched the 2022 world championship at Suzuka with 4 rounds nonetheless to run, whereas his Crimson Bull crew secured the constructors’ model on the subsequent race within the USA.
Domenicali says that there’s nonetheless loads of curiosity within the remaining races of 2022, and he insists that there can be no adverse affect on the F1 enterprise.
He additionally assured that subsequent yr’s battle can be extra aggressive and can probably go the final spherical as soon as once more.
“Effectively, truly, we do not see any sort of danger in any respect,” he mentioned when requested in a name with Wall Road analysts if the shortage of a title showdown can be unhealthy for F1’s funds.
“And initially, we have now the final race with offered out tickets, and the numbers are actually good. The eye can be shipped, in fact, to different fights for the sporting perspective. In order that’s a part of racing.
“And I want to add, if I could, we’re completely constructive on the affect that the change in rules introduced this yr. And we can not touch upon the truth that a crew, however particularly on this case Crimson Bull, or Max Verstappen, did an unimaginable job. Possibly another groups did not take the precise alternatives.
“However what we noticed on the monitor is wheel-to-wheel racing. That is what we needed. And I am completely assured that subsequent yr the battle on the monitor will arrive as much as finish of the calendar. And as you will see, the final races, on the sporting facet there may be plenty of consideration.
“There’s a battle for locations that additionally for the crew perspective is said to their monetary place, and the monetary reward in the event that they obtain a place. So I believe that there can be plenty of curiosity in Brazil and Abu Dhabi too, with no drawback.”
Stefano Domenicali, CEO, Formulation 1
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Domenicali additionally countered any suggestion that financial issues in Europe would possibly affect F1 ticket gross sales and therefore income in 2023.
“To begin with, being a world championship we are able to unfold around the globe the danger of getting this type of scenario to handle,” he mentioned.
“Alternatively, the truth that we have now long-term agreements will scale back the publicity to this danger. And what I can say and share with you is that we already see an unimaginable variety of pre-registrations as regards to ticketing of subsequent yr.
“So this can be a good signal that you just’re seeing primarily in Europe, the place I am residing, the place it’s clear that this recession is going down.
“However I believe that the way in which that we’re structured, the way in which that we have now completed the offers will allow us to maneuver ahead on this course.
“Subsequently, I’d say this present scenario lets us assume that we needs to be optimistic on this context. In fact, we monitor it, however that is what we see immediately.”