Toto Wolff has proposed a “rotational scheme” for F1 race crews during the course of the season.
F1 is a very demanding and hectic sport. It is widely anticipated that 2022 could see 23 races take place. This is an extremely tight schedule for those who work races.
The Mercedes Team Principal feels that there should be a way to rest their staff for certain races, and create a schedule for rest and recovery. Wolff proposed a “rotational scheme” for F1 race crews during the course of the season.
“I think we have the best man in charge to balance between income and workload in (F1 CEO) Stefano (Domenicali),” Wolff said, as quoted by Planet F1.
“On the other side, he has been running a team and he knows the strain on people, and that strain is enormous, particularly on the mechanics that need to be there much earlier, take the garage down, not always travel as comfortably as all of us and that needs to be taken into consideration.
“We have a rotational scheme in there to take some of the pressure off, but I believe maybe we can come up with some innovative thinking and make rotation mandatory if it is within what we can afford.”
Wolff then proceeded to speak about how his idea can implemented, and stressed on the importance of giving valuable field experience to youngsters.
“We have a lot of young engineers in every area that are not yet on the battlefield life because there is a senior there who is the best in the group,” Wolff said.
“But maybe that’s an opportunity to actually put them in the hotseat and put a ceiling on the race attendance. Maybe we do it at 20 races and there are three races where you need to bring someone else. Obviously the detail lies in the devil (sic).
“But similarly, what I’ve said before on young drivers, that could be an attempt to reduce the strain, particularly on the mechanics, all the people that work in logistics and the engineers,” he concluded.