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Vettel concerned about 2022’s F1 calendar
Sebastian Vettel has expressed concern regarding Formula 1’s 2022 calendar, stating it might be too demanding for the staff of the sport.
Why it matters: Formula 1 announced a 23-race 2022 calendar last Friday.
- Vettel is against that many races in a calendar, stating it will put more pressure in the staff while also making the grands prix less special.
What he said:
“I think we should not have that many races.”Sebastian Vettel
- “It’s for a number of reasons. I think one, maybe it’s too many races for the people to watch. Its not special anymore if there’s that many.”
- “And second, I feel for [the staff]. Us drivers, we are at the good side of things; we can arrive on a Wednesday night and leave if we find a flight on a Sunday night.
“But the team already has a lot more stress. They arrived Monday or Saturday the week before, they build the garage, prepare the cars, and then also they have to run the full week and then pack down, send everything back, and prepare back in the factory.”
Chasing the McLarens
Ferrari’s team principal Mattia Binotto revealed the team’s objective in the constructors’ championship for the 2021 season in finish P3.
The Prancing Horse is only 7.5 points behind McLaren going into the United States Grand Prix.
What he said:
- “It’s certainly a target that we have already communicated to the team. I think everybody is on board with that. It would be great to finish third.”
- “I think even working with the clear objective by the end of this season, it’s important for us because it’s a way of working under pressure and being trained to that.”
- “So yes, our objective is to finish third at the end of the season.”
Petronas has confirmed its commitment to the Mercedes F1 team and dismissed rumors of their separation.
Why it matters: Recent rumors suggested that Saudi Arabian oil company Aramco will replace Petronas as the primary sponsor of Mercedes.
- According to Motorsport.com, the current Mercedes-Petronas contract is intended to end in 2025.
- Petronas has responded to the uprise in rumors regarding their exit from Formula 1.
- “Petronas and Mercedes have been partners since 2010 in a collaborative long-term relationship that is mutually beneficial to both parties.”
- “Last year, we extended our partnership for another multi-year cycle and we are proud to continue to be working together to deliver cutting-edge performance.”
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