Carey: Formula E just a 'street party'

Friday, 09 february 2018, 12:17 , by Matthew Scott

Formula One executive director Chase Carey has hit back at the CEO of Formula E, Alejandro Agag, who has previously claimed that his sport would surpass F1 in popularity in the future, dismissing the comments and commenting that FE was just a 'street party'.

Formula E has grown in popularity in recent years, with fans of the sport liking the more environmentally-friendly approach to racing rather than the more traditional F1.

Agag predicted a few weeks ago that FE would eventually become more popular than F1, but Carey jokingly said that he appreciates the crystal ball of his opposite CEO.

"I'm glad he [Agag] has a crystal ball," Carey told Germany's Sport Bild.

"Formula E is not our competitor. It represents something that matters to all of us - the environment - but I see it as more of a street party than a sports event.

"People who've been there say they had fun because there was music and good food, but Formula 1 is watched worldwide and we now have the opportunity to take it to a new level.

"And I believe other series can help us, because they create interest. But the top series is and remains Formula 1," he added.

Agag, who is the founder as well as the CEO of the sport, ruffles some feathers in F1 when he claimed FE would be the bigger sport in 20 years.

“In 20 years’ time, I don’t see anything bigger than Formula E,” Agag told City A.M at the time.

"Formula One is an entertainment proposition, [like] today, horse racing is an entertainment proposition.

“Formula E will be the main motorsport championship because it is the championship that is connected to the industry.

“I think that we could become one and only."

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Comments (12)

  • Jak Lawrence
    Formula 1 is too fat for it's own suit now, the money involved is getting insane; full of elitists, playboys and tax-haven expats; not to mention that within the next 30 years or so, internal combustion in general is probably going to be looked upon as we look upon leaded gasoline or the Model T these days.
  • Eduardo Villa
    Well next month I'll be going to formula E for $5 tickets in the main grandstand, cheapest f1 ticket in Mexico $80, if it is good entertainment in afraid the quality/cost of formula E will easily surpass f1
  • Karl Davy
    well with the decline in petrol/diesel cars and the increase in full electric cars it is just a matter of time befor formula 1 in its corrent format will become obselete
  • Mike Hanson
    Formula e far out performs F1, more user friendly, less elitist ! F1 is dying long live formula e!!!
  • Dave Cooke
    F1 is on the decline with all the stupid engine rules/restrictions and FE & WEC are on the rise.
  • Ryan Townley
    Would like to see FE on real tracks with slicks over these random bumpy roads
  • Duane Harrison
    They will surpass F1 in 3 years if they keep the grid girls.
  • HÃ¥vard Fredriksen
    formula e is not sosial media friendly
  • John Saville
    Street party vs Circus. Your choice
  • Norbert Hennemann
    Street party has more future, unfortunately.
  • Mark Daniels
    Bring back the girls

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