One subject that’s at present changing into more and more sizzling in Formula 1 is the racing calendar for subsequent yr. The development clearly exhibits: 1. The quantity of avenue circuits is rising: Miami, Saudi Arabia and sooner or later Las Vegas and a pair of. The dimension of the racing calendar is rising. However, on the identical time, some conventional ways are at risk of disappearing. France, Spa and Monaco at present haven’t any contracts for subsequent yr.
Formula 1: The huge racing calendar will probably be an issue for the groups
Why aren’t all these routes added to the calendar? The calculation could be easy, extra race weekends means extra income. This is precisely the aim that Formula 1 has been pursuing for a while now. The quantity of race weekends has elevated from 19 (2013) to 22 this yr within the final 10 years. There are additionally rumors of as much as 25 races a season for 2023. The groups are something however pleased about this growth, as capability is at present reached and a season with 25 Grands Prix is not potential. “If we’ve 24 races subsequent yr, it is going to be very busy,” Daniel Ricciardo mentioned on the topic.
Conventional circuits can’t proceed in Formula 1
It is exactly this downside that may now change into deadly to conventional routes. Space on Formula 1 tracks is restricted, however increasingly more nations need to invite Formula 1 to their houses. But nations like (*25*) or Saudi Arabia are in a greater monetary place and will pay extra for restricted locations on the calendar, for instance, Spa and France. The German GP, for instance, suffered from this growth.
Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz with an fascinating suggestion: a rotation calendar
Carlos Sainz expressed his displeasure if conventional routes are lacking subsequent yr. But he additionally appeared realistically on the present state of affairs: “After all, all of us prefer to go to France and Spa, however on the identical time the game is rising a lot that there are lots of new locations that pay rather a lot of cash to take part. Formula 1. And From a enterprise level of view it is exhausting to say no, particularly abroad: Vegas, South Africa, Miami – there are actually fascinating new locations to go and I’m all for that, however on the identical time we have to hold the calendar inside 25 races.”
He defined that new areas are solely potential if different paths are eliminated. To discover a good steadiness, the Spaniard had an thought: “I believe the very best resolution could be rotation (…) I hope we are able to go to Spa with a Formula 1 automobile at the least each two or three years, and I simply want that that we (…) may nonetheless return to France or Spa.”
He did not say what a rotating calendar would possibly appear like, but it surely may very well be an excellent compromise for everybody concerned. What the calendar will truly appear like in 2023 is not but recognized.
Formula 1 drivers want to go to extra uncommon racetracks
Dane Kevin Magnussen does not appear to mourn the normal ways an excessive amount of. Surprisingly, he was open to new and generally extra extreme ways.
“There are rather a lot of good tracks around the globe that I might like to drive a Formula 1 automobile on,” Magnussen mentioned, naming tracks like Watkins-Glen, Road (*25*) and Mid-Ohio. But: “Many of them might not be actual.” It’s nice when Formula 1 goes to locations which can be a bit extreme. A couple of years in the past we went to Mugello and it was one thing very completely different, one thing we do not usually expertise and it is rather a lot of enjoyable,” explains the Haas driver.
World champion Max Verstappen is enthusiastic in regards to the thought of not driving at Spa in 2023. He additionally admitted that his favourite GP with an unbelievable crowd of followers is not his residence observe in Zandvoort, however the observe in Belgium: “It could be a disgrace”. At the identical time, he additionally agreed with Kevin Magnussen’s statements and would welcome a number of extra extremes within the construction of the racing calendar, for instance the Nordschleife. The Dutchman remained sensible: “Nordschleife might be a bit troublesome today with F1 vehicles (….) We go away it to GT3”, however he thinks “it is good that Formula 1 has its particular tracks.”