F1 ought to have had 23 races this yr, and it’ll solely do 22 with the cancellation of the Russian Grand Prix. But the arrival of Las Vegas in 2023, with the potential of seeing Kyalami particularly return, may improve this quantity to 24.
For the bosses of the F1 groups, the rise within the calendar should be accompanied by selections regarding journey and the sequence of races. With races grouped collectively geographically and fewer triplets of races, they suppose it’s doable.
Note, nonetheless, that grouping the races geographically will essentially carry triple races if we are not looking for crew workers to spend six or seven weeks away from their households. Otmar Szafnauer, the director of Alpine F1, nonetheless needs selections on this course.
“Stefano [Domenicali, PDG] and Formula 1 have done a good job with the calendar recently, and a good job in general.” Szafnauer stated. “It seems everywhere we go now there’s a massive fanbase, it’s sold out. So if there’s demand, I think we’ll let Stefano and Formula 1 decide where we go. And we will support him.”
“However, whether it’s the way the races are distributed, the start and end of the season, or the triple headers, it’s very difficult. And so, from that point of view, I think we can make a best job.”
“And I know they’re looking at not flying across continents, and running errands in the same time zones multiple times to make it easier for everyone. So that will be a good thing.”
Aston Martin F1 boss Mike Krack agrees together with his predecessor: “Yes, I agree 100% with Otmar. Making the calendar more regional is I think the way to go. Triple races are a pain for the staff. If we can manage those two things, I think we we can do 22, 23 or 24 races.”
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For Franz Tost, who already had little pity for the pilots within the face of porpoising, the well-being of the workers shouldn’t be the precedence, because the director of AlphaTauri overtly declares: “Racing is our business, so the more races we have the better, since we have revenue, so I’m looking forward to the 24 races.”
Frédéric Vasseur can also be in favor of an extension of the calendar. The Alfa Romeo F1 director understands the inconveniences, however reminds that between 22 and 24 races, it doesn’t change a lot over the entire of a season: “There’s not a big difference between 24 and 23 or 22. Next year will be less of a challenge because it won’t be the car’s first year.”
“Always a privilege to work in F1” with 24 races
Zak Brown, the CEO of McLaren, is extra sympathetic to his troops, however he too thinks that rising the calendar from 22 to 24 races is not going to signify a drastic change: “Stefano is seeking to optimize the calendar, in order Fred stated, the distinction between 23 and 24 races shouldn’t be vital.
“Obviously the well-being of our racing crew, each touring and on the manufacturing facility, is at all times of the utmost significance. Because they put in lengthy hours even when they do not journey. “With a bit of schedule optimization, and a bit of schedule regionalization, we can offset the increase in races.”
For Jost Capito, the director of Williams F1, having 24 races is not going to take away the privileged standing he attributes to Formula 1 workers: “We must see that it is nonetheless a privilege to work in Formula 1, and it’ll nonetheless be if there are 23 or 24 races.