The 2020 season calendar originally consisted of a record number of stages – it was supposed to hold 22 races, which has never happened in the history of Formula 1. But the pandemic has made its own adjustments, and as a result it is planned to hold only 17 Grand Prix, but they will be held in record time: from July to early December.
It is clear that these are forced measures, they were of an extraordinary nature, and in the future hardly anyone will want to repeat this experience: to spend nine races in 11 weeks. It turned out that this is possible, but the question is in the price that you have to pay for it.
“A series of three races in three weeks is not a viable solution,” says Otmar Safnauer, Team Principal of Racing Point. – Everyone understands why this season you have to act like that. But if we tell our people that this will continue to be practiced, the mechanics will simply run away from us. “
He is also supported by Gunther Steiner, CEO of Haas F1: “So many races in such a short space of time cannot become the new standard, that would be a very bad idea.”
The general opinion was expressed by the head of the McLaren team, Andreas Seidl: “I am glad that in the coming weeks the schedule will be somewhat more normal. With nine races in 11 weeks, our program is more intense than ever before. It wears people out. We are very grateful to our employees, everyone gave their best. Now we are back to a more or less normal rhythm, which is easier to maintain.
But this year, a very specific situation has developed, therefore, in exceptional circumstances, exceptional measures were required. But everyone should be aware that three races in a row should not become the norm. “