As the first triple headers of the 2021 season just came to an end, Haas Team Principal, Guenther Steiner, said that three weekends of racing in a row are too tough for everyone inside the paddock.
Steiner asked Formula 1 to stop introducing triple headers in the calendar since the team members are not very happy about them.
“I must admit, I think they are now looking forward to getting home,” said Steiner after the Austrian GP.
“As you can imagine after this one, and we discussed it, you know that another three are coming after the summer break. That will be tough, you know, but we just need to keep our heads down and keep on going. It will be at the end of the season, we can say it was tough for everybody. But hopefully, everybody gets through and we do a good job.”
Of course, Steiner knows that the calendar needed to be changed also due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but he wanted to make sure that triple headers would not become something normal inside the sport.
“At the moment, we are still keeping on talking because of COVID, the calendar changes, so I wouldn’t say there are reasons why this is the way it is,” he said.
“But we need to try to not have triple headers. I think more doubleheaders are better than one tripleheader, it is better to have consistent doubleheaders than four tripleheaders in a season. With tripleheader, some people are away a month until they get back home and, in that month, did three races which are also pretty stressful.
“I’m sure FOM will look into it but, at the moment, it is a COVID situation because one of these tripleheaders, like this one, was just thrown in because the calendar is a moving target.”
The first triple header, which saw one race in France and two in Austria, was already very exhausting. However, the next one (Russia, Turkey, and Japan) will be even more difficult due to the long travel distances.
“It will be tougher, that one will be a lot tougher because you have got the timezone changes in as well and, obviously, the jet lag which goes with it,” Steiner explained.
“Here on Monday, or last Monday it is now, everybody had the day off. I gave everybody the day off so they could do some activities around here because it’s very good. But if you fly from one country to the other one, there is nothing. Your day off is spent on an airplane.”