Teams are being asked to vote on expanding the 2020 F1 calendar to a record 22 races.
The current F1 sporting regulations set a maximum limit of 21 races. The unanimous support of the the teams is therefore needed to increase the limit to 22 for next season.
As part of the deal, teams have been told there will be no increase in the maximum number of engines per driver. The present limit of three will remain, meaning drivers will have to use a single engine for up to eight races in order to avoid a penalty.
Teams have also been offered a reduction in the amount of pre-season testing. Instead of two four-day tests, a pair of three-day tests will be held.
The desire to increase the calendar to 22 races has come about following a last-minute move by the Spanish government to keep the country’s round at the Circuit de Catalunya. This year’s race was the last in its current contract. It remains to be seen where it would fit into next year’s calendar given the addition of new races in Vietnam and the Netherlands.
These are among 19 races which are known to have contracts for next year. Monza has also indicated it will extend its deal to host the Italian Grand Prix. If either the German or Mexican Grand Prix remains on the calendar along with Spain, next year’s calendar will feature 22 rounds. The popular Mexico City event is thought the most likely of the two to keep its place.
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