The promoters of the Mexican Grand Prix have issued a statement distancing themselves from concerns raised by the Formula 1 Promoters’ Association (FOPA) concerning Liberty Media’s management of the sport.

Following the latest FOPA meeting in London on Monday, the body issued a statement airing a number of grievances with the commercial rights holder’s management of F1.

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Among FOPA’s concerns were the loss of free-to-air broadcasts, a “lack of clarity” on new initiatives from F1, and the addition of new races to the calendar at “the detriment of existing events.”

While Mexico is one of the 16 FOPA members, the race organisers issued a statement on Tuesday disagreeing with the body’s comments.

“Following the statement made by the Formula One Promoters’ Association (FOPA), the Formula 1 Gran Premio de Mexico promoters want to express their sympathy with the promoters from other countries, understanding that each country and race is different,” Mexico’s statement reads.

“In addition, the Mexican Grand Prix’s promoters welcome the ongoing collaboration and good relationships with the rest of the promoters.

“However, Formula 1 Gran Premio de Mexico did not participate in said meeting and appreciate the work that the new owners of Formula 1 are doing to understand the promoters’ requirements and concerns, as well as those from the fans.

“The Mexican Grand Prix’s promoters recognise that the new administration of Formula 1 has listened and been sensitive to their concerns, with both parties working very closely together. As a result, they do not agree with what was released by the Formula One Promoters’ Association on their behalf.

“The Mexican promoters and Formula 1 continue the negotiations regarding the renewal of the Formula 1 Gran Premio de Mexico contract in private.”

Mexico joined the F1 calendar in 2015, and while its existing deal expires after this year’s race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 27, a new contract is widely expected to be confirmed in the near future.

 

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