Alonso calls for fewer races, more tests
18 January 2013 – Fernando Alonso says there should be less races on the Formula 1 calendar in future seasons, explaining that is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain a high level of performance throughout the year. As a compromise, the Spaniard believes the sport could drop 'one or two' of its current race weekends and organise more test days.
"Last year we had the last Grand Prix at the end of November and almost right up to Christmas, there were events I had to take part in," Alonso explained at Ferrari's annual Wrooom gathering in the Italian Dolomite Mountains. "There’s almost only the end of year holiday when one can have a break and I’ll try to fit in a few more days between now and (the opening race in) Melbourne to recharge my batteries.
"20 races [first reached in 2012] is a lot and it’s not easy to maintain a maximum performance level, both physical and mental, for the whole year. Maybe it would be better to have one or two fewer races and a few more test sessions."
In 2014, New Jersey and Sochi will be added to the Formula 1 agenda, meaning current circuits now face being dropped in order to accommodate both venues.