The F1 calendar of 2022 will probably have 23 races and in the future the F1 organization does not rule out that we will see a calendar with even 25 races in the premier class of motorsport. Many people in the F1 paddock have spoken out against that number, but according to Alain Prost it is not a stupid move to organize more races per season.
It looks like the F1 circus will travel to 23 races in 2022. An enormous number of Grands Prix, although the F1 organization would like to see two more races per season. That would bring the total to 25 races per F1 season, an incredibly high number, but according to Alain Prost it is not a bad move to increase the number of GPs to 25. “It is not stupid to increase the number of GPs per season to 25 increase”, the four-time world champion says in the podcast: In The Paddock. “The number of races per season is clearly being increased to generate more money.”
“We have lost a number of big sponsors in Formula 1. For example, compared to my time in F1, we lost sponsoring cigarettes and alcohol. Of course the car manufacturers are still there, but we also have to deal with smaller teams that We don’t have a car manufacturer behind us. That’s why we will have to make more sales and therefore it is not a bad idea to increase the number of races per season.”
Still, the Frenchman is aware that one should not go over the limit. As some other prominent people in the paddock have already said, the staff of the teams is under enormous pressure. “There is always a limit and that is why we have to be careful with the maximum number of races per season. There are enough employees at top teams who have been present in Formula 1 for a long time and who would like to see more of their families. Now they are always on the road for the work and that makes it very difficult for them,” said Prost who does not seem to be completely convinced that there should be more races on the calendar.
“So in the end I am not entirely in favor of the fact that more races should be added, because we must ensure that we do not organize too many races”, with which Prost seems to indicate that the plan to organize more races especially effective in the short term. However, it remains to be seen what the long-term consequences will be.