Formula One officials turned down the opportunity to tie in the inaugural grand prix in Valencia last weekend with the world of sailing, according to the British newspaper The Times.
A walk around the port city layout on Thursday showed that many America's Cup teams are based nearby, and a glance at some of the boat components demonstrated how closely-related the two technology-based sports are.
But sailing sources said F1 did not want any 'contamination' of its product by associating with the America's Cup teams.
"All of the (sailing) teams wanted to be part of the F1 show and F1 said no," said a source. - EUROSPORTS