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Formula One CEO Carey Says Goal Is to Extend Race in Singapore

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Formula One sees Singapore as an anchor venue and wants to extend the world’s most popular motorcar-racing series there beyond this year.

Negotiations are on with organizers in the city to “continue to bring this great sport to Asia and Singapore,” Formula One Chief Executive Officer Chase Carey said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s David Ingles. “We haven’t reached an agreement yet but we’re actively engaged in that discussion and it is our goal to reach an agreement that works for the both of us.”

Discussions have continued for months at least on the fate of the series in Singapore after the races this weekend, the last under the current five-year contract. While the night race — and its off-track entertainment lineup of stars like singer Ariana Grande and the Chainsmokers — have helped boost revenue for Singapore, economic uncertainty as well as competition from Asian neighbours for the tourism dollar have led the city-state to project slower growth in visitor arrivals this year.

“There’s great potential to continue to grow this event here and grow this event as really an anchor for Asia and really the whole world,” Carey said in Singapore. “And I think both of us recognize the great potential to continue to grow on what we’ve built here to date.”

Carey, appointed when Liberty Media Corp. completed its acquisition of Formula One in January, declined to provide more specific details.

This year’s Singapore Grand Prix takes place Sept. 15-17.

With assistance from Anand Menon. To contact the reporter on this story: Sterling Wong in Singapore at swong470@bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story: K. Oanh Ha at oha3@bloomberg.net Lena Lee, Sam Nagarajan
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