In the end of 2013, Richard Cregan – one of the most experienced managers in Formula 1 – was made the consultant of the Russian Grand Prix. Paddock magazine takes a closer look at Richard’s path.
Richard Cregan has overseen the Yas Marina Circuit for the past six years and with it the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix Promoter has signed a 3-year contract with the consultancy company run by Richard Cregan, Rasgaira. Rasgaira Consultants’ experience ensures not only the hosting of a world-class Grand Prix, but also effective use of the autodrome in Sochi all year-round.
Richard was Abu Dhabi Motor Sport Management’s (ADMM) Chief Executive Officer. As a former Toyota team boss, Richard is in a great position to know just what those in the paddock want when they arrive at a circuit. This insider knowledge helped him a lot throughout the years.
“I’ve always believed that any experience you have is good – you can always apply different elements of it. I’m very lucky to have been in motorsport most of my life and coming from Toyota it gives you a different perspective on things. I think if you haven’t been in motorsport before it’s very difficult to understand what the teams require, and the fact that we are the last race of the season will affect what they need. I also feel that we have a great team of people at Abu Dhabi Motor Sport Management (ADMM) and at Yas Marina, who always make it a memorable weekend for guests, spectators and teams alike”, Richard stated some time ago. Today, after the transfer, he continues to speak on a positive note: “Moving on from Abu Dhabi was a tough decision for me but I have always enjoyed a new challenge. I am convinced that the Russian Grand Prix will become one of the iconic events on the calendar and we will be able to build a very successful business by utilizing the amazing assets and the passion of the team here in Sochi.”
Cregan also said that he would continue to be an advisor to Yas but admitted that it took some pondering before he made his decision to join the Sochi team.