Formula 1 | Rotation of GPs, no more Sprints: Domenicali announces the color for F1

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali announces that the introduction of race rotation in Europe is on track, and the Italian does not rule out the possibility of introducing more races to the calendar.

With 24 races on the F1 calendar in 2024, it will be the busiest season in the sport’s history – but there is always potential for more, according to Stefano Domenicali.

With the renewal of the Concorde Agreement, the cap on the maximum number of Grands Prix is ​​expected to remain at 25, but F1 continues to expand its global reach, which will impose a system of alternating between a few races.

The ever-increasing number of races, as well as the increase in the number of Sprint weekends, has led to fears that the sport is saturating its fans, but Domenicali said this was not a problem for F1.

“I don’t think 24 Grands Prix is ​​an oversupply. Look at other sports.”

“Football and basketball are played every other day. They entertain their fans much more intensively. In terms of quantity, we have much less content to offer. However, compared to other sports, we We’re coming out very well and we’re growing. Everyone involved in our sport in any way should be happy with the situation.”

Asked if this means an increase from the current number of 24 races is likely, Domenicali said the intention currently is to maintain that number.

“We want to keep it at 24 Grands Prix. But it is wrong to say that 24 is too much. Too much of what? When the sport is as good as it is at the moment, with many possible winners, fans are counting down the days until the next race.”

“I mean, we have a tighter field than ever. We’re talking about gaps of a few thousandths of a second today. It’s less than a tenth on a lap of more than four or five kilometers.”

“These are gaps we see at distances like we see in a 100-meter race. 24 races is a good number. Each of our events has its own character.”

“Yes, the Monaco GP was certainly not the most exciting Grand Prix in history, but we had one of the best television audiences in the world. We want to keep a good balance between old and new races . Even if many more countries want to organize a Grand Prix.”

With so many races already on the calendar and growing interest from countries hoping to host their first Grand Prix, Domenicali said the traditional heart of the championship – the European rounds – could find itself on rotation in order to fit everyone in.

“We are still thinking about a rotation system. It is likely that we will start with that in Europe.”

He also said the number of Sprint weekends – currently at six – is expected to increase further.

“That’s the goal. The numbers show there’s interest in it.”

With the Spanish Grand Prix moving to Madrid from 2026, and Barcelona looking to retain its race once its current contract expires, there are also two races in Italy, Monza and Imola.

But one European stalwart that hasn’t had a race in the last four years is Germany – and that’s despite Mercedes’ involvement as a leading F1 team.

“We don’t want to leave anyone behind, but the fact is that we are no longer as dependent on our main markets as before. In the past there were Europe, Brazil and a few isolated countries where Formula 1 was important. Today we are popular everywhere and if there is a slowdown somewhere for understandable reasons, we have to live with it and invest where we see growth.


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