Vasseur warns of ‘very costly’ busy F1 calendar

Date published: April 11 2020

Frederic Vasseur warns that a packed F1 calendar would be "very costly".

Alfa Romeo team principal Fred Vasseur says that a new 2020 schedule which packs lots of races in would be “very costly” for smaller teams.

Formula 1 bosses have moved already to help teams cope with the financial burden caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including delaying the new regulations until 2022, while there is an upcoming meeting to discuss lowering the 2021 budget cap.

The 2020 season is yet to get underway with the first nine races called off, but Formula 1 hopes that the season could get going by July and feature 19 races.

Vasseur has warned of the costs though that such a packed schedule later in the year could have on smaller teams.

“If you want to do more races in a row, it is more expensive,” he told Motorsport.com.

“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.”

Condensing some race weekends into two days is being considered, and Vasseur thinks that will be needed to help reduce costs.

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

“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.”

Vasseur also fully backed the decision to delay the new rules until 2022, saying it was the only possible option.

“I think honestly this was the best decision that we could take, that we postpone the 2021 regulations to 2022 and to stop the development of the ’21 car for 2020,” said the Alfa Romeo boss.

“This is by far the best option on the table and it’s the only way for us to be able to afford this kind of situation.”

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