Christian Horner has come out in opposition to including additional races to the Components 1 calendar, insisting that 23 is “saturation level” for the game.
The schedule has continued to broaden 12 months by 12 months, with a file 23-race calendar having been pencilled in for 2022 earlier than the cancellation of the Russian Grand Prix, though a substitute race is predicted to be organised.
The present Concorde Settlement between the groups and the game permits for as much as 24 races per season, however there are growing considerations that crew employees members are being over-worked and burning out because of the ever-increasing calls for positioned upon them.
McLaren crew boss Zak Brown proposed that the game ought to restrict its calendar and rotate sure races 12 months by 12 months to maintain the schedule manageable, and Horner agreed.
“With 23 races you have got already reached saturation level,” he stated, as quoted by Motorsport-Whole. “Possibly you must assume once more about a number of different races within the calendar.”
The information of Las Vegas’ arrival into the game from subsequent 12 months has raised questions on whether or not or not Components 1 will attain its 24-race restrict when the brand new calendar is confirmed.
Whereas the vast majority of drivers are in favour of heading to Vegas, some have spoken out with their ideas about how dropping historic venues can be detrimental – with Pierre Gasly saying that it could be “a shocker” to see Monaco disappear from the schedule, for instance.
“In the long run, some races should pay the value and be out,” added Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. “I’m an enormous fan of going to Miami and Las Vegas, however on the similar time it could be an enormous loss to not have some traditional European races anymore.
“Hopefully we are able to discover a compromise the place races that may’t afford it yearly are a minimum of on the calendar each two or three years.
“Enterprise is enterprise and Liberty Media and Components 1 should do what they should do, however only for enterprise I wouldn’t need to cease racing in Europe.”
Sainz’s countryman Fernando Alonso agreed that an more and more packed calendar is prone to be the best way ahead for the game, however acknowledged the problems that will herald its personal proper.
“That is the best way Components 1 goes,” he stated. “We’ve to just accept that.”
“It’s actually difficult for the groups, particularly since we don’t have so many races in Europe anymore. That’s the fear if we preserve including races.”