“It’s definitely something we are completely against”- McLaren vote against the rescheduled F1 2021 calendar, at the end of the season.
If the criticism of having a 23-race calendar in a year was not enough for Formula 1, it has piled on another misery for the whole contingent with three triple headers in the second phase of the calendar.
After the race in Hungary, Formula 1 has generously given a break of four weeks, but soon it will follow a mammoth wave of three successive triple headers.
The first triple-header still seems to be triple header, as it is within the European states’ proximity- Belgium, Netherlands and Italy, in the respective order.
A two-week break has been provided, followed by lengthy and exhausting trips to Russia, Singapore, and then Japan; all countries are significantly distant from each other.
But the F1 contingent’s plight doesn’t end here, as another triple-header follows with races in the USA, Mexico and Brazil. After such a lengthy spell, F1 managed to give a thought and entail roundtrips of nearly 16,000 miles before the exhausting journey to Australia and then ends up with two consecutive races in the middle-east.
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Despite the tedious task ahead, according to the GP Fans, nine of the 10 teams listed in the competition voted in favour of the revised calendar, except for McLaren, who have protested against multiple double and triple headers since the Russian Grand Prix.
The source tried to contact McLaren’s team, but the team refused to convey a reply. Yet team principal Andreas Seidl vocally expressed his dissent against such schedules in 2020.
“One thing which is crystal clear from our side, which we will clearly communicate to Formula 1, is that triple-headers are not a sustainable way to go forward in Formula 1,” said Seidl.
“It’s very hard on our people. It’s simply too long being away from home from our families, and therefore, it’s definitely something we are completely against.”