Steiner: 25 races workable with tweaks
17 June 2017 – Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner believes a 25-race Formula 1 calendar is manageable in the future, if changes are made to its composition.
Formula 1's calendar has gradually expanded across the championship's history, with 2016's record of 21 races set to be matched in 2018, as France and Germany return, and Malaysia departs.
Formula 1's commercial chief, Sean Bratches, installed after Liberty Media's takeover, has indicated that he would like to increase the number of races in future seasons.
Steiner reckons that an additional handful of races would be workable, so long as the calendar is "well-organised", in order to reduce the number of long journeys.
"I'm not opposed to a few more races," said Steiner.
"What I wish is that the races are more bundled – that we stay in one region and are not going back and forth to Asia, where you go back for one week and then back the next.
"How big the area you group together, I don't really know. It needs to be studied of how many F1 races an area can take.
"For instance, I think it would be difficult to have a race in Abu Dhabi and then another one the next week in Bahrain because we are very close together there.
"But a few more races, if it is well organised, will not be that much more time away for the teams.
"In general, I have nothing against getting up to 25 races."
Steiner nonetheless cautioned that an expanded calendar would require teams to adopt a different logistical approach.
"We just need to plan and maybe relieve some people," Steiner commented, if more events are added to the schedule.
"Maybe not all the people will want to do 25 events, but I think it can all be managed, and if we do it cleverly, it is not so much more.
"For sure, there is more cost involved because you travel more. You need more car parts because you run more.
"But, in general, if we've got enough time to get prepared properly, we always find a way to make things work."