Alfa: Condensed schedule could hurt small teams

Michelle Foster
Alfa Romeo are stepping up preparations for the start of the season

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While not racing is hurting the small teams, Alfa Romeo team boss Frederic Vasseur has warned that too many races in a short period will do the same.

At present the Formula 1 teams are missing out on roughly “$2 million” for every race missed.

That is threatening the survival of some of the smaller teams with Zak Brown predicting Formula 1 could lose as many as “four” teams before the financial crisis is over.

As such the sport is eager to go racing with Ross Brawn suggesting a July start for a 19-race calendar that would be “three races on, one weekend off, three races on, one weekend off”.

Vasseur, though, fears a crammed schedule could ultimately prove to be too expensive for the smaller teams.

He told Autosport. “If you want to do more races in a row, it is more expensive.

“It is more expensive to do 18 races in six months than to do 18 races in 12 months, because you need to bring more stock, you need to bring more parts and you need to work with more mechanics.

“This will be very costly.

“And by the way, we will not be able to face this kind of situation and develop the new car.

“We don’t have the team to be able to do it.”

The Alfa Romeo team boss added if Formula 1 wants a bumper schedule, the best way to help the smaller teams would be to have two-day race weekends.

“I will be in favour of all the decisions that could help to have as many races as we can,” he added.

“I’m sure that if we have three races in a row as we had [in 2018], at one stage it could make sense to have two-day events.

“Also because of the workload to do between 15 and 18 races within six months, for sure it’s a challenge.

“It’s a challenge for all the teams.

“Probably more for the small teams because we don’t have a big team to rotate the mechanics and so on.

“We have to find a solution to reduce their workload also.

“I think everybody is being flexible on this. Everybody understands the situation and the fact that it’s crucial to find solutions.”

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