AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost has urged Formula 1 to reduce the length of its calendar ahead of the sport’s longest ever schedule.2022 F1 calendar features a record 23 races, running from March to November. The return of the Qatar Grand Prix next year is due to increase the schedule even further.
However Tost warned F1 cannot expect there will always be as much appetite for races as there was during last year’s closely-fought world championship fight between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.
“Last year, we were lucky because the races were very interesting, there were always fights, but we can’t expect that this will always be the case,” said Tost.
“So, for me 23 races is the absolute limit, not from the workload point of view, but because I am concerned that with such a high number of races, in the end it could cause people to lose interest in Formula 1.
“For me, the best number would be between 18 and 20 races because Formula 1 should be a premium product and we really should think about maybe reducing the number of races to keep it special. Personally, I am fine with 23 races or more, but this is not the question. The question is what’s best for the future of Formula 1.”
In order to ease the burden on staff F1 has changed its schedule this year, starting its Friday sessions later in the day and changing the arrangements for Thursday’s media day activities.
However the team’s head of sporting direction Marco Perrone says the benefit of this change for the team’s staff will not be felt immediately.
“I think we need some time to clearly understand the effect of the new sporting and technical regulations, and adapt our workload accordingly. I believe that we will start the season working in the same way as we were last year and then we’ll see where we are.
“So the team will still arrive at the track at the same time as in 2021, but we definitely need to have a look at what we can do in terms of how long we spend at the track. The Sporting Directors from all the teams are still discussing the format details, but a new set of Sporting Regulations should be released soon with all these changes.”
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