Formula 1 has to survive on the German market from next year on pay-TV
According to Andreas Seidl, in addition to more tension, it still needs Sebastian Vettel.
I hope for the fans that he will be at the start next year”, The McLaren team leader said in a press round on Tuesday: “For formula 1 in Germany, this would be very, very important.”
The season starting on Sunday (15:10 o’clock) in Austria will be the last season to be seen completely on German free TV until further notice. RTL gets out, Sky takes over the exclusive rights.
According to Seidl, the only German team leader in formula 1, this will be a “difficult step: the question will be how to get as many fans as possible over this pay barrier. We are required as a sport, it must be exciting. I hope that the budget cap for the teams will help in the future.”
The change to pay TV that the Formula One owner Liberty Media wanted was”no big surprise for Seidl. In other markets, such as England, this has been the case for years. And it is also part of the business model that these revenues make a significant contribution to our funding.”
Vettel’s future remains unclear shortly before the start of the season. 32-year-old will leave Ferrari at the end of the year, the only attractive alternative for the four-time world champion would probably be Mercedes. A switch to the silver arrows for title defender Lewis Hamilton (England) seems unlikely.