Components 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali mentioned the curiosity in internet hosting races was so excessive that the collection might maintain 32 races.
The 2023 F1 calendar was initially supposed to incorporate 24 races; that is the utmost quantity allowed underneath the present settlement between groups, F1 and the FIA. Nonetheless, the cancellation of the Chinese language Grand Prix decreased the quantity to 23.
A job posting revealed by F1 final 12 months indicated that the collection was trying on the potential to go as much as 25 races sooner or later. Talking on the SportNXT convention in Melbourne this week, Domenicali said that the collection might accommodate greater than the present most.
“We might have had greater than 30 and even 32 races at the moment already, as a result of all people desires one,” mentioned Domenicali. However he mentioned he was pleased with the collection’ present restrict of 24 laps.
A part of the calendar growth is because of F1 including a 3rd race in America this 12 months. A brand new race on the Las Vegas Strip Circuit will be a part of the US Grand Prix in Texas, which has been on the calendar since 2012, with the Miami Grand Prix launched final 12 months. Domenicali identified that it is a speedy growth. “About three years in the past we had been even contemplating whether or not to remain within the US.”
The game skilled speedy progress in America, thanks partially to the success of Liberty Media initiatives such because the Netflix collection Drive to Survive. This has introduced a brand new era of viewers to the game. “One in three followers going to the grand prix is going for the primary time,” Domenicali mentioned.
F1’s determination to not substitute the Chinese language Grand Prix means there can be a four-week hole between this weekend’s race and the subsequent race in Azerbaijan. Domenicali had beforehand mentioned that F1 had determined to depart the hole clean as a result of “the financial good thing about a second race was not well worth the logistics and sustainability points for F1 and our groups”.
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