F1 calendar already too long says Hamilton

NOVEMBER 2, 2019

F1 calendar already too long says Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton, Mexican GP 2019
© RV Press

25 races per season is too many for Formula 1.

That was the near-unanimous opinion of those in the Austin paddock, after Liberty Media successfully negotiated the new allowed maximum for the 2021 rules.

Chase Carey, however, immediately allayed fears about 25-race calendars by saying he simply wants "more leeway" in the regulations.

"I think Miami would be perfect for our sport," Haas boss Gunther Steiner said in Austin.

"But we have 21 races this year, there are 22 next year, and you can see already that everyone in our team is tired."

Renault's Cyril Abiteboul agrees: "It's a stretch for all of us."

F1 is trying to make the potential move towards 25 races easier by essentially scrapping Thursday from the race weekend schedule from 2021.

Abiteboul said: "But it doesn't really balance enough of what an expansion of the calendar will mean in the future."

Lewis Hamilton said in Austin: "I already find 21 hard.

"When I was young, I couldn't get enough of the races. But when you work in a team and see for how long the people are separated from their families, they need a balance.

"The season is already too long now," the world champion added.

Sebastian Vettel added: "I guess more racing means more money.

"It's not too bad for us drivers, but it's even more stress for the mechanics. Personally, I would like to go back to 16.

"It would also give drivers the opportunity and freedom to do other things," the Ferrari driver said.

(GMM)

Other stories for NOVEMBER 2, 2019

QUALIFYING REPORT - GUESS WHO IS ON POLE

SATURDAY PHOTOS

SATURDAY PRESS CONFERENCE

QUALIFYING RESULTS

SATURDAY TEAM QUOTES

PAT FRY TO JOIN RENAULT

PRACTICE 3 REPORT - FAST MAX

PRACTICE 3 RESULTS

TOP DRIVERS BIG WINNERS OF F1 BUDGET CAP SAYS MARKO

F1 DRIVERS NOT HAPPY WITH 2020 TYRES

F1 CALENDAR ALREADY TOO LONG SAYS HAMILTON

LEHTO PUZZLED BY RAIKKONEN'S FORM SLUMP

ALBON POISED TO KEEP RED BULL SEAT

LATIFI TO RACE FOR WILLIAMS IN 2020?

KUBICA REJECTS ALFA ROMEO RUMOUR

HULKENBERG NOT RIGHT FOR WILLIAMS SWITCH

RENAULT OUSTS AERODYNAMICS BOSS

RICH ENERGY BOSS MET ZAK BROWN MULTIPLE TIMES