McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl disapproved of triple-headers in F1.
F1 is planning on having the next season’s calendar sent to teams in some days, or at least the early draft of it. This season is set to have 22 races, unless some travel restrictions lead to them being cancelled.
The upcoming Italian GP will complete the second triple-header this season. There are more planned for the future. One will take a trip around South America to Mexico and Brazil, while the other will venture to the Middle East.
Seidl is not happy with the scheduling done by the FIA, and disapproved of triple-headers. He expressed his annoyance with such races, and argued against further expansion of an already packed calendar.
“The most important thing from my point of view is obviously that we don’t further increase the number of races per year,” Seidl said, as reported by Motorsport.com.
“Because I think what we have in place now is already too much of a burden that we put on our people.
“And then another important topic is also the number of triple-headers. From my point of view, we should avoid them completely, again to reduce the burden on our people. The calendar should try to get through with avoiding any triple-headers, to be honest.”
Seidl is not alone in his camp, because it seems Haas counterpart Guenther Steiner shares his opinion. The latter said that he even spoke to F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali on the matter, and said that he thinks triple-headers may cease to exist soon.
“I spoke with him about this a few times, and he also agrees it would be better maybe to have more double-headers instead of triple-headers and single races,” Steiner said.
“I haven’t seen the calendar, and it’s not only what we want to do, it’s also when the hosts of the races want the races to be.
“But in general, everybody knows that triple-headers are very demanding to the personnel, and you feel it again here. It’s the third race in a row, and it is quite hard to do.