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F1's historic events warned over calendar 'arrogance'

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has insisted the sport is not "playing games" when reviewing the balance between events old and new.

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Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has warned the sport's historic Grands Prix against 'arrogance' over their places on the calendar.

Traditional races in Belgium, Italy, Monaco and Great Britain have come under threat numerous times over the past decade with the German Grand Prix already losing its place on the schedule.

The potential for these historic events to fall away from the Championship has increased given the interest from new and emerging regions interested in hosting races in the wake of the popularity boom brought largely by the Netflix series Drive to Survive.

'We are not playing games'

Speaking at a Liberty Media investor Q&A in Las Vegas, Domenicali - who has overseen the return of Imola since taking over from Chase Carey - said: "I'm always saying to our promoters, when historic is only looking behind, that is something that is not good.

"When historic [races have] a good foundation to look ahead with a different future, that's beautiful. So that's why with the so-called historical Grands Prix, we are really focusing on understanding what is the view of the future.

"To be arrogant and believe that you have a guaranteed future because you have raced for 100 years, to be very honest, is not enough.

"Everyone is understanding [of] that. We are not playing any games, we are very transparent with them. If they want to be on the calendar they need to do the things that we believe are right for them and also for us as Formula 1.

"It's pretty clear that in the last couple of years, the perception from these historical places has changed because they realise that the landscape is different."

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