Formula 1 teams and officials are making a heartfelt plea to the British government, seeking support amidst the challenges brought about by the aftermath of ‘Brexit’.
Recognizing the impact of the withdrawal from the European Union, these prominent figures from the racing world are advocating for measures that would alleviate their difficulties.
In a recent development covered by France’s Auto Hebdo, a distinguished delegation from the world of Formula 1 was warmly received at the historic 10 Downing Street. Their purpose was to engage with the esteemed sports minister, Lucy Frazer, and discuss the pressing concerns faced by the industry.
Notably, an impressive majority of 10 Formula 1 teams call the United Kingdom their home. Drawing attention to this fact, correspondent Jean-Michel Desnoues reveals that the delegation candidly conveyed to the British government the numerous challenges they have encountered since the Brexit process commenced.
These hardships have undoubtedly impacted their day-to-day operations, necessitating a collaborative effort to find viable solutions.
The esteemed individuals representing Formula 1 during this crucial meeting were a testament to the sport’s unity and determination.
The gathering included prominent figures such as Stefano Domenicali, Toto Wolff, Christian Horner, and even legendary figures like Sir Jackie Stewart and Martin Brundle.
Their presence underscores the significance of the matter and the urgency for the British government to address the concerns the Formula 1 community raised.
By coming together and voicing their grievances, these Formula 1 teams and officials aim to establish a constructive dialogue with the British government.
Their objective is clear: to seek understanding, support, and the implementation of measures that will facilitate the continued success and growth of the sport in a post-Brexit era.
“We had a good meeting with the Government and asked them to support motorsport in general,” said Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer, with the Renault-owned team based both in the UK and also France.
He admitted the biggest concern is “in terms of the movement of people”.
“They made accommodations with the entertainment industry and I think they’ve said ‘We should also look at Formula 1 in the same way’.
“With the parts on our cars, each time we go back and forth it’s problematic. It’s not effective. It was much better before Brexit.”