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President Stefano Domenicali said F1 are opening new horizons and will consider increasing the number of races to 30 to develop their market. 

Ever since Liberty Media took over in 2017, Formula 1 increased the number steadily. There were 22 in 2021, the longest season-ever, with 2022 set to have 23. 

The Mugello Circuit in Italy is a potential addition to the F1 calendar – Courtesy of Andrea Stella

To the end of 2021, there have been 1057 races, an average of 14.7 per season, which shows why moving up to 30 would be a significant change. 

McLaren Racing Director Andrea Stella explained how this affected teams. 

He said: “23 races already set a challenge for human sustainability. This is tough for staff and there is not sufficient time to recover. There is less time to analyse events and to make progress.”

The increasing strain on workers is a concern for Stella, who said: “You do all the season with a single breath. As a team, sustainability, human performance, and even human health must now be considered as priorities.”

Andrea Stella with Lando Norris – Courtesy of Andrea Stella

More races can be a bonus for fans, who can see more of the sport they like. This can also be fairer, by giving drivers more opportunity to recover in case they are affected by incidents in some races. 

Stella said: “A longer championship should mean the best car prevails. Fans will appreciate this, but I hope that we are not inflating the sport. We could devalue the importance of a single race, just because there are too many, but I trust F1 are taking the correct route.”

Lewis Hamilton at the Emilia Romagna GP – Courtesy of Amos Laurito

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