Formula 1 teams expect the sport will not repeat last year’s triple-header of races in 2020 even if the schedule expands to 22 rounds.2020 F1 calendar is expected to set a new record for the number of races in a single season.
Last year’s 21-race schedule featured races in France, Austria and Britain on three consecutive weekends. However Racing Point team principal Otmar Szafnauer doubts the sport will repeat that arrangement.
“It was not the right thing to do,” he said. “Even if we go to 22 races there won’t be a triple-header.”
The sport’s commercial rights holder Liberty Media is keen to add more races to bring in more revenue from hosting fees. But Szafnauer pointed out that as the calendar continues to grow, teams will reach a “tipping point” where they need to hire more staff, increasing their costs. He said as many as “24, 25 [races] has been talked about.”
“I think that’s a lot. We’re going to stretch the mechanics, the employees and it’s a lot of travel, it’s a lot of racing.
“22 next year if we don’t have a triple header is achievable. We’ll see what that’s like, we haven’t done that yet. After that we have to be careful that we don’t overdo it.”
While the number of races is expected to rise to 22 next year, this is set to be accompanied by a reduction in pre-season testing from eight days to six.
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