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Brawn: F1 2018 triple-header ‘an emergency measure’

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The unprecedented triple-header of races on the 2018 Formula 1 calendar is an “emergency measure” that is unlikely to ever happen again, according to series technical chief Ross Brawn.

The FIA confirmed the 21-race calendar for 2018 following the World Motor Sport Council’s final meeting of the year in Paris on Wednesday, with the triple-header across June and July going unchanged from the provisional schedule.

France will host its first grand prix since 2008 on June 24, and will be followed by races in Austria and Great Britain on July 1 and July 8 respectively.

Concerns have already been raised about the logistical and physical challenge of the triple-header, particularly with the placement of Hungary and Germany later in July resulting in a run of five races in six weekends.

However, Brawn told Sky Germany that staging races on three straight weekends would not become common practice for F1 moving forward, stressing 2018’s scheduling was complicated by the FIFA World Cup’s staging.

“The World Cup presented us with a very unusual problem. The final is in the afternoon and it would have been very unfair to have run a race on that weekend,” Brawn said, referring to the July 15 weekend.

“We could only solve that by having three races in a row, but it’s not something we want to repeat in the future.

“It was an emergency measure.”

Despite Brawn’s comments, it is known that F1 owner Liberty Media is keen to expand the series’ calendar beyond the 21 races currently scheduled as part of its push to expand and grow its awareness globally.

The 2018 calendar will tie with 2016 for being the longest in F1’s history.