Todt: Le Mans/f1 clashes in­evitable

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FIA pres­i­dent Jean Todt has not ruled out fur­ther clashes be­tween For­mula 1 and Le Mans, say­ing sched­ul­ing the two away from each other is like “mis­sion im­pos­si­ble”.

Le Mans or­gan­is­ers were an­gered by the FIA’S de­ci­sion to run the Euro­pean Grand Prix in Baku, Azer­bai­jan on the same week­end as the 24 hours, with the GP start­ing as soon as the flag fell in La Sarthe.

FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship head Ger­ard Neveu called it “a clear at­tack” on the WEC when the clash was first an­nounced. Tra­di­tion­ally the FIA and Le Mans or­gan­iser the ACO has a gen­tle­man’s agree­ment to not stage events on clash­ing dates.

Todt said dur­ing last week’s FIA Sport Con­fer­ence: “[Sched­ul­ing GPS and Le Mans apart] is kind of mis­sion im­pos­si­ble. There are so many healthy se­ries in mo­tor rac­ing and we only have 52 week­ends.

“I love watch­ing Mo­togp races, so very of­ten those are com­bined with another race and I miss it. I watch tour­ing cars, Mo­togp and then an F1 race – it’s great, you can go from one to the other.

“I was in Le Mans [ear­lier in the week] and never saw so many peo­ple, so I don’t think it was pe­nalised by hav­ing Baku the same week­end. I was also in Baku [for the GP day] and in­ci­den­tally I was watch­ing Le Mans and could fol­low it be­cause [F1] started at 1500hrs and Le Mans fin­ished then too, so you could eas­ily fol­low both if you re­ally wanted.”

FIA pres­i­dent Todt

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