Todt: Focus on just 22 grands prix for now

Date published: December 18 2019 - Michelle Foster

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Although the Formula 1 calendar may include as many as 25 races in the future, Jean Todt says the sport should just focus on “22” for now.

Next year the Formula 1 circus will stop at 22 different venues with Zandvoort and Hanoi joining the programme while the Germany GP at the Hockenheimring has been dropped.

It is the longest-ever calendar.

It could be further extended in the years to come with the teams and the FIA agreeing to a maximum of 25 races.

However, FIA president Jean Todt says F1 shouldn’t rush into increasing the schedule even further.

The Frenchman told “I think it will be a long process to approach 25 races.

“At the moment we should focus on 22 races.”

Formula 1’s powers-that-be did compromise in order to get a 25-race season in the rule book but shortening grand prix weekends to only three days.

As of 2021 all media committments will be on a Friday morning followed by scrutineering and two practice sessions instead of the current format of those being split over Thursday and Friday.

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