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Whitmarsh unconcerned over prospect of more races

"F1 as a product is good, over half a billion people watched F1 live last year," he said. "It is - after soccer - the only other world sport. So the fundamental product that we have is really great and I think it's certainly better than the 24 years I've been in it.

"It's more exciting, more difficult to predict and I think that's good," he continued. "Clearly there's a whole range of financial challenges, there's a whole range of other issues buzzing around - I can't think in the 24 years when I've been in the paddock that there hasn't been some controversy or intrigue.

"Some people like that, maybe it's one of the attractions," he suggested. "But I think that's important is that we are that world sport, we have a great viewership, we've got the most technically advanced vehicles in the world, we've got the best drivers in the world in this sport and we put on a great show.

"I think if we keep focusing on all of that the other stuff will sort itself out," he insisted.



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