McLaren not worried by extra races

McLaren not worried by extra races

1 October 2013 – McLaren Sporting Director Sam Michael says he is not concerned by the prospect of a record-breaking 22-round Formula 1 calendar next season, following the release of governing body the FIA's provisional roster at the end of last month.

Although Michael has admitted that extra support crews could be required for certain events, with Monaco, New Jersey and Canada potentially forming the sport's first ever triple-header, he believes Formula 1 will be able to adapt to the increased workload.

"I guess anything is possible and we will just need to adapt if that is what is required," Michael explained during the pre-Korean Grand Prix Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in. "Obviously we can do a double-header, so once you have done a double-header, you can basically do a triple-header in terms of logistics and moving freight.

"Equipment and planes don't get tired, people do. It means that you have to perhaps consider the support crew that come and setup at a Grand Prix – perhaps they won't always be the same people. At the moment with a two-week break you can use your race crew to do a lot of the setup of garages and things like that, but I think if you get in to triple-headers what you might have is a crew, maybe a handful people, that go and setup a structure before the proper race team arrives.

"You may eventually get to a point where you have separate crews that crew the cars or even engineer the cars. I'm not sure we're quite at that point yet, we'll have to see."

Michael added that the cost of supplying extra crews is not a massive concern, given the increased income teams would earn from contesting even more Grands Prix.

"I'm not concerned," he said. "It's a matter of Formula 1 adjusting and adapting to whatever the business needs are. Formula 1 is all about change. I've been through many examples previously in my Formula 1 career where I've thought, 'Oh, there's no way they can do that' and they do. You just adapt. Formula 1 is about achieving things that aren't normally possible and this is far from the worst challenge we have had."

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