Two Formula One drivers have admitted that they are concerned about the proposed twenty-two race calendar for the 2014 season, with the schedule set to push the eleven teams to the limit thanks to the great logistical effort involved with racing in the sport.
Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton both spoke in the drivers’ press conference ahead of the Korean Grand Prix about the situation, conceding that although the idea of more racing was incredibly appealing, it would place a massive strain on the entire paddock.
“I think it’s a lot to think about because it’s not really comfortable, not just for us as drivers but for the teams, so I think if there were a little bit better thinking behind it they can do a much better calendar for next year,” Massa explained.
“I think the problem is that there are races where you go to Japan and then you’re not going to another race straightaway, so you’re going back to Europe and then you’re coming back here. You can do many races – not a problem – but you need to do it in a better way.”
The schedule has raised many eyebrows, with the particular sticking point being a proposed triple-header comprising of Monaco, New Jersey (pictured) and Canada in the space of three weeks, giving teams very little time to leave the principality before heading to the United States. Although Hamilton was excited about there being more races, he acknowledged that it may prove to be unworkable.
“I love racing so I would do many more if I had to but as Felipe said, it’s difficult on the team,” he said. “The year’s getting so long. I think we’re already testing in January so there’s not a lot of down time for the guys back at the factory or us people who are travelling.”
2014 is shaping up to be the longest season in the history of Formula One, with the twenty-two races being complemented by four pre-season tests and four in-season tests.