Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, and Frédéric Lequien, normal supervisor of the WEC, consider that it will be too early in 2022 to envisage a return to regular with a calendar of eight rounds. The WEC ought to as a substitute keep a diminished season, with the intention of lowering from six to seven occasions, given the implications of the well being disaster.
“Due to the Covid situation and the economic situation, I think it is too early to imagine a return to eight races”, warns Pierre Fillon. “I think it will be six or seven, we are discussing that.”
While the 2021 calendar has six occasions, the one that might be added subsequent 12 months ought to as a substitute be held in Europe. “It’s not just a question of budget, it’s also about securing the schedule against travel restrictions.”, justifies Frédéric Lequien.
Could Silverstone, which hosted a WEC spherical each season from 2012 to 2019, make a comeback? “Everything is open, Silverstone is a fantastic place”, merely replied Pierre Fillon, including that the issues induced by Brexit for journey have been not perceived as an impediment to restarting a spherical of WEC in Great Britain.
The Algarve circuit in Portimão can also be a possible contender because it hosted a championship spherical final weekend. “It’s a very beautiful place, a nice circuit”, remarks Pierre Fillon. “The pilots love it and it’s in Europe.”
Initially, the 2021 calendar consisted of three rounds on the Old Continent and three different extra-European, together with the 1000 Miles of Sebring in March. The American occasion has been changed by Portimão, nevertheless, however WEC have underlined their intention to return to Sebring subsequent 12 months.
Since the creation of the WEC in 2012, the calendar has at all times included a minimum of eight rounds besides this 12 months and in the course of the 2018-2019 Super Season, which notably included two editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2016 and 2017, there have been even 9 conferences.