Sainz ‘totally against’ adding more races

Date published: December 19 2019

Carlos Sainz, McLaren: Formula 1's forgotten man

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz has made it clear that he is “totally against” expanding the F1 calendar any further.

Formula 1 will complete a record 22-race calendar in 2020 with the Dutch and Vietnam GPs coming into the sport, but the series’ chiefs say they would like to add more.

From 2021 race weekends will be shortened to three days, removing Thursday duties to make the schedule less intense for team personnel, but Sainz either way is “totally against” the expanding calendar.

“I have a bit of mixed feelings. Personally I like when Formula 1 goes to a place it makes a big impact so it becomes a week of having Formula 1 there,” Sainz is quoted by Crash.net.

“I think it still involves too much travelling and too much effort from the mechanics but I think this is a way of preparing for a bigger calendar which is something I’m totally against.

“I mean 22 or 21 races already feels too much. I think that last extra day that we take off doesn’t fully compensate those 22 or 25 races that we want to have in the future.”

Only the German GP will drop off the 2020 calendar with Monza, Silverstone, Mexico City and the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya all earning extensions to host their respective events.

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