Formula 1 owners from Liberty Media are looking for ways and are considering different options for increasing the number of stages on the calendar next season. Formula 1 Drivers Association (GPDA) President Alex Wurz said one working option is to shorten the race weekend to two days.
“The people from Formula 1 are already pushing their limits when the calendar consists of the 21st race, so there are attempts to shorten the duration of the racing weekend, – said Wurz on the air of the Austrian TV channel ORF. “For example, canceling Friday’s training sessions at six Grand Prix would free up days for two additional weekends.
However, in Formula 1, they make money on Friday training, so everything comes down to money. Two-day weekends will cost promoters as much as full-fledged ones, but they can only make money selling tickets for two days. Thus, the profits of the stage promoters are decreasing, but this is of little concern to the owners of commercial rights. “