Carlin in favour of double-headers for F1

Michelle Foster
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F2 team owner Trevor Carlin says it is a “great idea” to start the F1 season with double-headers, especially if they include Formula 2 on the bill.

The season-opening Australian GP was cancelled at the 11th hour with nine additional races either postponed or cancelled.

Formula 1 bosses are hopeful of getting the championship underway in Austria in July before moving onto England.

Both the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone are being slated to host double-headers on consecutive weekends.

“What I heard is this Red Bull Ring double-header, Silverstone double-header plan and they would try to incorporate F2 and F3 into that,” Carlin told Reuters.

“I think it’s a great idea if its achievable.

“That’s the bottom line. Hopefully it is.”

With Formula 1 hoping to do 15 to 18 races in five-and-a-half months, the teams can expect a hectic and tiring schedule.

Carlin, though, doesn’t see a problem with it.

“If everyone’s just had two months off they should be fresh and raring to go,” he said.

“When people are moaning about three (race weekends) on the trot, I don’t get it.”

The teams, though, will have to do those three consecutive race weekends with less staff than normal.

There is talk of limiting the number of team personnel each outfit can take to the grand prix weekends.

Carlin reckons the proposed 80 could be reduced even further.

“They are saying we could get it down to 80, just essential staff,” he said.

“I’m thinking 80 people? I can’t see for the life of me why you’d need more than 50.”

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