Alfa Romeo driver Valtteri Bottas revealed that he was unhappy with the 2022 F1 schedule, saying the sport was inching closer to dilution.
A record 23 races have been set for the 2022 season. This comes on the heels of 2021 already seeing 22 races take place, which was a record in itself. The F1 calendar has now accommodated an extra race, and that has not been universally well-received.
With teams already complaining last season that the schedule was not ideal, 23 races may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Among those thinking that is Bottas, who warned that it would be foolhardy to extend the number of races from here on out.
Bottas revealed that he was unhappy with the 2022 F1 schedule, saying the sport should ideally not have 23 races.
“That’s what I feel. Having more than we’re going to have next year, with also quite (a) compressed calendar, I think we can’t have that many more. I mean, like how there’s time, and how logistically it’s going to be possible.
“But I think we’re in a good amount now. That’s my feeling,” he said.
“The calendar actually looks okay,” the Finn added.
“Initially I thought there (was) going be, like, four triple-headers, but there’s actually only two, and still we have an August break.
“Yes, it is hectic, but it is possible. But, the fun thing with Formula 1 (is) that the time just flies, and the adrenaline this sport gives you, it just keeps you going. It keeps you going almost forever.”
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