Triple-headers no problem for McLaren

Tuesday 01-October-2013 13:47

McLaren sporting director Sam Michael feels there is no reason for concerns over a 22-race season.

Formula One is expected go from 19 grands prix this year to 22 next year with New Jersey, Austria, Sochi and Mexico all new on the list.

The provisional calendar also included a triple-header in Monaco, New Jersey and Canada and raised concerns over whether or not teams will be able to pull it off.

However, Michael is confident the Formula One community can pull it off.

"I guess anything's possible and we'll just need to adapt if that's what's required," he said during a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in.

"Obviously we can do a double-header, so once you've done a double-header basically you can do a triple-header can't you? In terms of logistics and moving freight; so equipment-wise you can be covered as long as you've got enough sets to leapfrog each other.

"Equipment and planes and things don't get tired, people do. So it means that you have to perhaps consider the support crew that come and setup at a grand prix, perhaps they won't always necessarily be the same people. At the moment with a two-week break you can use your race crew to do a lot of the setup of garages and things but I think if you get in to triple-headers what you might have is a crew - which is not necessarily a big crew, maybe a handful people - that go and setup a structure before the proper race team arrives.

"You may eventually get to a point where you have separate crews that actually crew the cars or even engineer the cars. I'm not sure we're quite at that point yet, we'll have to wait and see."

Having 22 races in a season has also caused a few murmurs, but Michael is confident everyone will adapt quickly.

"I'm not concerned; it's a matter of Formula One adjusting and adapting to whatever the business needs are," he said. "Formula One is all about change isn't it and change management.

"I've been through many examples previously in my Formula One career where I've thought 'Oh, there's no way they can do that' and they do, you just adapt. Formula One's about achieving things that aren't normally possible and this is far from the worst challenge that we've had."

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