According to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, there needs to be a better balance between the commercial interests of Formula 1 and the well-being of the people who work there. In conversation with F1i, Max Verstappen’s team boss explains how he sees the new 2022 calendar.
“It’s about figuring out how we can finish the whole season with the current number of team members in a normal, human way,” says Horner. He refers to the fact that there are teams that are thinking about a rotation system, where there are two teams that alternate. This so that the teams get enough rest. He continues, “It’s a grueling calendar.” It could of course be even busier, according to Horner: “If the promoter had her way, we would have 35 races.”
Teams are doing well
This season has 22 races and that too is labeled as heavy by the Red Bull team boss: “It is grueling and demanding, especially in these COVID times. With the calendar that changes sometimes and not to forget the triple headers. Just watch already to the logistics; we go to Brazil, Mexico and then back to the Middle East, it’s tough. It’s really tough.” However, the Brit is proud of the way the teams are now dealing with it: “They are dealing with it really phenomenally. Despite the busy schedule, I can’t find anyone who doesn’t want to be at the races”
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is solving it in his own way: “We have a rotation schedule for that to take some of the pressure off. Still, I think that maybe with some innovative thinking we can come up with a good solution. A mandatory rotation system is then might be a good idea.”