Formula 1 has released a schedule for 2022 that will feature 23 rounds, a record number of racing weekends for the series.
And views are mixed, with some calling for caution to ensure race staff don’t suffer from burnout, while others are completely behind the plan.
The calendar may well grow longer in the coming seasons, with as many as 25 races mentioned, but Vettel is not overly enthusiastic.
His apprehension comes first from a fear of the team’s staff workload, while he also worries that a Grand Prix could lose its star power if it continues to be added to a season.
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“I think I arrived when Formula 1 was in a kind of transition phase. Compared to previous years, there weren’t as many tests. And there were more and more races, ”the Aston Martin driver told Motorsport-Total.com.
“Now that’s just my opinion and it’s not worth anything, but I think we shouldn’t have that many races. There are several reasons for this.
“On the one hand, there may be too many races for people who want to see them. It’s no longer special when there are so many.
“Second, I pity them… We, the pilots, are on the good side of things. We can arrive on Wednesday evening and, if we find a flight, leave on Sunday evening. But the team is under a lot more stress. They arrive on Monday or Saturday of the previous week, set up the garage, prepare the cars. And then they have to pack it all up again, send it back and have it ready for the factory.
“So for them it’s basically a job where you’re busy every day of the week and almost every weekend, so you don’t have time for yourself. At a time when people are more and more aware that they also have a life and that life does not belong to the employer…. Yes, I think it is essential that we continue like this, that there are more and more races.
“I know it’s outside my sphere of influence. And of course, there are other interests.
“But we have to make sure people find a balance between their lives at home and the time they spend on the road. It should be a number of runs that is sustainable so that you will keep your passion for many years and not be exhausted after two or three years.