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F1 working on “perfect calendar” for upcoming seasons

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 30: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 30, 2022 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Formula 1 sporting director Steve Nielsen revealed that the championship is working on setting up a “perfect calendar” for the near future.

F1 decided to change its approach to setting up the calendar. Races will be grouped according to their geographical location. It will allow the championship to reduce carbon footprint and freight costs.

For example, one week separates races in Sao Paulo and Abu Dhabi with over 12000 kilometers between the cities.

Nielsen stated that F1 is working on improving the calendar in this regard.

“We’re working on regionalizing the calendar. We have a future calendar, I won’t tell you from which year, but we have a future sort of perfect calendar, within some years down the line,” he said.

“And we’re iterating gradually towards that each year, moving an event here or there by a week. So there’s a strategy to get from where we are now, which we’re not happy with, to a much happier place in a few years’ time. But it’s a gradual process.”

Nielsen added that F1 needs to take into account the races with a fixed date slot.

“It’s a journey. As I’m sure you appreciate, we don’t start each year with a blank calendar, we don’t have the freedom to put races exactly where we would like to put them.

“Some of our promoter deals are historic, long-running. And they have clauses in them that don’t give us the freedom perhaps that we would like, so we have to work closely with those promoters and cajole and persuade them that we need to change things.

“And I’m not going to go into which ones they are, that wouldn’t be right.

“But it’s not only problems there. There are other reasons why people don’t want to have a race at a particular time of year. It might be weather-related, it might be because a particular weekend has another important event going on in the country at the same time.

“So there’s a myriad of kind of influences that determine it, and it will take some time to get to. I think the important thing is that that journey has now begun. We understand and appreciate the benefits that will come from regionalization.”

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