F1 2021 Calendar: Outgoing F1 CEO Chase Carey has dropped hints on the number of potential races in the upcoming seasons.
The 2021 F1 Calendar is the longest in the sport’s history, with 23 races. Venues of all but one have been confirmed, down to the first-ever Vietnamese GP being scrapped. Asked whether 23 is a magic number for the number of races, F1 CEO Chase Carey replied in the negative.
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“I don’t think there’s a magic number. The capacity for races is obviously limited. I don’t know that you’d say there is a magic number that you don’t go past, but we recommend 23 is a full calendar. We felt it was the right thing to have in place next year. We expect to have those 23 events next year and with fans. Really, every one of the promoters on that calendar expects to do the same.”
F1 2021 Calendar made keeping the virus in mind
The Covid-19 pandemic ensured that the current season was shortened, with 17 races ultimately making it to the calendar. It took a great effort from all the stakeholders to make it a reality. And Carey still is choosing not to undermine the uncertainly that presents the sport next season too.
“But we recognize we still have a period of uncertainty in front of us. The world is moving to a place where we have to figure out how to move forward with this virus, not shut down because of it. That said, we’ve all still got to navigate through it, so we feel good about it but we know we have a period of uncertainty in front of us.”