F1 should have done 23 races this year, and will only do 22 with the cancellation of the Russian Grand Prix. But the arrival of Las Vegas in 2023, with the possibility of seeing the return of Kyalami above all, could increase this figure to 24.
For the heads of the F1 teams, the increase in the calendar must be accompanied by decisions about travel and race sequence. With geographically grouped breeds and minus three race twins, they believe it is feasible.
Keep in mind, however, that grouping races geographically will necessarily lead to triple races if we don’t want team employees to spend six or seven weeks away from their families. Otmar Szafnauer, the director of Alpine F1, still wants decisions in this direction.
“Stephen [Domenicali, PDG] and Formula 1 have done a good job with the schedule recently, and a good job overall. “ said Szafnauer. “It looks like there’s a massive fan base everywhere we’re going now, it’s exhausted. So if there’s a demand, I think we’ll let Stefano and Formula 1 decide where we’re going. And we’ll support him.”
“However, whether it’s the distribution of the races, the start and end of the season, or the triple headers, it’s very difficult. And so from that point of view, I think that we can do a better job. “
“And I know they’re looking not to fly across the continents and do commissions in the same time zones several times to make it easier for everyone. So that’s going to be a good thing.”
Aston Martin F1 boss Mike Krack agrees with his predecessor: “Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. 24 races “.
“See only the dark side” of F1
For Franz Tost, who already felt little pity for the pilots in front of the porpoise, the well-being of employees is not the priority, as the AlphaTauri director openly states: “Racing is our business, so the more races we have, the better, because we have revenue, so I’m looking forward to the 24 races.”
Frédéric Vasseur is also in favor of an extension of the calendar. The director of Alfa Romeo F1 understands the disadvantages, but remembers that between 22 and 24 races, it doesn’t change much over the course of a season: “There’s not much 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.”
“And in the end, we don’t have to stop looking at the dark side of everything we do, a job that half the world would like to do. I’m in love with my job. I don’t care about 24 years. Or 23 races, and I’m more than happy to be in Montreal today, even though I was in Baku last week. “
“Always a privilege to work in F1” with 24 races
Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren, is more supportive of his troops, but also thinks that changing the schedule from 22 to 24 races will not be a drastic change: “Stefano is looking to optimize the schedule, so as Fred said, the difference between 23 and 24 races is not significant.
“Obviously, the well-being of our racing team, both travel and factory, is always of the utmost importance. Because they work long hours even though they don’t travel. But I think ‘with a little optimization of the schedule.’ a little regionalization of the calendar, we can compensate the increase of races ”.
For Jost Capito, the director of Williams F1, having 24 races will not detract from the privileged status he attributes to Formula 1 employees: “We have to see that it is still a privilege to work in Formula 1, and it will be if there are 23 or 24 races.