Christian Horner has verbally attacked the F1 promoters for their persistence with crowding the F1 calendar with more races.
F1 announced that it would have 23 races in 2022, and will also have more sprint races. Liberty Media, the new owners of F1, are trying to shoehorn more races into the season calendar. Triple-headers have also been extremely hectic to navigate.
Horner verbally attacked the F1 promoters for their obsession with having more races.
“Yeah, it’s a gruelling calendar. It’s like in any sport, the thirst and the demand for Formula 1 is what it is,” Horner told RacingNews365.com.
“And it’s always trying to measure that balance. I’m sure we could have 35 races, if the promoter got his way.
“So it’s finding that balance between not needing to have, effectively, two crews, that you can do it manageably with one crew to do an entire season.
“It is gruelling, it’s demanding, and particularly through these COVID times with the calendar changing and triple-headers coming in, and you look at the logistics of part of the tour later on with Brazil, Mexico, and then to the Middle East.”
Horner insisted that although he finds it annoying, he praised F1 teams for not being overly negative about it.
“It’s tough, it really is tough. But I think the way that all the teams have dealt with that has been phenomenal,” Horner said.
“And we’re still certainly not getting people that say, ‘I don’t want to be at a race’. And it’s balancing that.
“If you look back 15 years, even 20 years, and you look at the amount of testing that used to take place in between the events and the amount of time that engineers, technicians, drivers would be sitting in a Grand Prix car between events, it’s significantly different now.
“But it’s always a matter of getting that ratio right, geographically getting that calendar with balance in it,” he concluded.