Is 22 Races Too Many?

The expansion of the Formula 1 calendar (see below) now includes Mexico and New Jersey which brings the total amount of races to be held in 2014 to 22.

red bull statue of libertyAustria (Red Bull Ring) and Russia (Sochi) will be two new European additions with India leaving the championship altogether next year to return in 2015.

Though any fan of Formula 1 will rejoice in the prospect of more racing in any given season, the teams and drivers might be looking at the three extra races as more of a hindrance.

It takes an incredible amount of effort for any individual team to fly to a destination, set up for the weekend, pack up and then move on to the next race.

Usually, a two week interval is set between each race weekend and it is rare that we see a one week break.

However, with the Australian Grand Prix set to kick of the championship the same day as this year and the Brazilian Grand Prix only being pushed back one week in 2014, the one week intervals have become more prominent next season.

One cluster of races in particular might prove to be a headache for the teams with three races being raced in as many weeks.

Monaco will be staged on May 25, followed by New Jersey on June 1 and Canada on June 8.

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The Russian Grand Prix will be held at Sochi, home of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Though each team is filled with professionals who are paid well for the occupations they hold, they will inevitably feel fatigue and this might have a direct impact on the sport.

If this is the case, the spectators around the world might be seeing more races, but as the longer season goes on, the quality of the races might diminish.

After all, the people working for each Formula 1 team are only human, including the drivers.

In a sport like Formula 1, any small mistake will have massive repercussions, and the adding of three races to the 2014 calendar may consequently increase the chance of mistakes occurring.

Safety is paramount in Formula 1 and therefore, the effects of adding even a single race to the calendar must be examined before its inclusion.

I’m certain this process was undertaken but unfortunately we will not know if fatigue will be a major factor on any individual until it’s too late.

Formula 1 2014 provisional calendar:

March 16: Australia

March 30: Malaysia

April 6: Bahrain

April 20: China

April 27: Korea

May 11: Spain

May 25: Monaco

June 1: USA, New Jersey

June 8: Canada

June 22: Austria

July 6: Great Britain

July 20: Germany

July 27: Hungary

August 24: Belgium

September 7: Italy

September 21: Singapore

October 5: Russia

October 12: Japan

October 26: Abu Dhabi

November 9: USA, Austin

November 16: Mexico

November 30: Brazil

Topics: Mexico GP, Monaco, New Jersey GP, Red Bull Ring, Russian GP

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