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Formula 1 does not cease in its ambition to increase the number of Grand Prix in the nearest future. The championship is already facing a 23-race calendar this year, the longest in history, and despite the fall of the Russian Grand Prix due to the country’s war against Ukraine, since the desire of the Great Circus is to replace the test by repeating one of the current ones or by including an emergency appointment. But the wishes of the World Cup led by Stefano Domenicali they are not going to stop there.
Pérez also charges against the calendar
In fact, F1 may face a problem for 2023, a year in which the Grands Prix of Las Vegaswith a new urban race, in the heart of ‘The Strip’, at night and on Saturdays, from qatarwhich returns after its initial test in 2021, and from China, where it was last run before the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, if those three races are added to the current 22, without Russia, the World Cup will reach 25 testsa limit contemplated in the current Agreement of Concord, but not in the Sporting Regulations, which sets a maximum of 24.
Thus, much has been said about which race could fall to comply with the regulations approved today, with Paul Ricard, Zandvoort, Spa-Francorchamps and the Hermanos Rodríguez Autodrome in the trigger for ending their contract with Liberty Media in this 2022. But, despite this, there are those who have already raised their voices without needing to reach that limit, and who consider that F1 already has too many scoring races.
Several workers within the teams have claimed the need to rest and the impossibility of combining the current workload of F1 with a good relationship with their families, but also some drivers, as was the last case of lando norris, have commented that the calendar was fine with about 20 tests. Sergio Pérez has now joined these complaints.
In an interview with ‘The Athletic’, the Mexican driver, despite assessing the growth of the championship, has also highlighted as a negative point the lack of time that such an extensive schedule entails for the pilots. And, in addition, it has gone a step further: if the number of races continues to increase, the Red Bull has threatened to not continue in Formula 1.
This is how Czech explained it: “What I am really optimistic about is the fact that the championship is growing a lot. I see that anywhere in the world you feel it on the street, people recognize you much more and are much more involved in this sport. There is a very large demand. But on the other hand having too many races is a ‘no’, at least for me“, has said.
“Right now, you are basically immersed in F1 because we have so many races. We have simulator sessions before each event, partner events… So we basically have no time for ourselves and our families. I have a couple of young children (with a third on the way). I think if the schedule keeps getting bigger then i definitely won’t“, It is finished.
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