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Could F1 "one day be less profitable than it is today?" -- this currently seems "unlikely," but F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone is "continuously looking for new business models," according to Gabriele Cagliani of Expansion. Ecclestone's latest idea is "inspired by the business model used in tennis tournaments, and the reason is simple."
Ecclestone believes F1 is "running the risk of ending up in the same situation as football, where in La Liga only three or four teams have a chance to win the league." That would be a "nightmare for F1," which earns €500M ($675M) from TV rights. Ecclestone believes that F1 should adapt "the model used in tennis, where not all tournaments are worth the same number of points, which creates added suspense."
For the ATP World Tour, there is a "complex scoring system in which games are classified differently based on points given to the winner." F1 could "feature 25-point grands prix, which it currently has, and also have events worth 50 points." The "last race of the season could be worth 100 points, which would introduce an element of uncertainty."
This way, the GPs in Australia, Malaysia, China, Bahrain, Spain, Canada, Hungary, Germany, Italy and Belgium would "remain worth 25 points." The races that would "be worth 50 would be the historically important grands prix -- like Monaco and England -- while the Brazil race would have a value of 100 points."
Introducing this system, which is still "far from becoming a reality, would have the advantage for F1 of being able to charge the circuits that distribute the most points at a higher rate." Expansion
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