F1 set to alternate venues to add ‘new excitement’ to calendars

In the summary: Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says circuit change helps add excitement to Formula 1 seasons, compared to a static calendar

In short

Changing tracks between seasons adds excitement to F1, says Steiner

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner said he believes changing the F1 calendar each season with new or returning circuits helps to bring more excitement to Formula 1.

F1’s 2022 season is set to be the longest in history by number of rounds, with 23 grands prix scheduled and three sprint races over the course of the year. Steiner says while 23 rounds is a high number, there’s fan demand to back it up.

“The calendar, 23 races, is a lot,” said Steiner. “But if the demand is there from the fans, if they want to see us, we have to. I think we should give the fans what they want, so that they stick with us.

“This year, with a couple of races back, very, very exciting races – the night race in Singapore, going back to Australia, which is still one of my favorite races, and then a new race in Miami in the United States, which is very exciting.”

After Formula 1 rearranged the calendars for the past two seasons several times due to the impact of the pandemic, racing at circuits that historically held races like Imola and Istanbul Park and brand new venues like Mugello and Portimao , Steiner thinks the schedule change adds value to the championship.

“I would say the last few years we’ve had some good things,” he said. “We had circuits that hadn’t been on the calendar for many years and we are going back and some of the circuits that were new like Portugal two years ago.

“But now, changing it up a bit, I think it always gives new excitement instead of having a solid schedule, every year the same thing – it’s more or less the same thing. What is the pandemic has done and what is [Formula 1] found to circumvent the pandemic, I think it was very good. And now back to some of those races, which we really love, I think it’s exciting.

Leclerc seals the Asian Regional Formula Championship early

Ferrari academy driver Arthur Leclerc won the Formula Asia Regional Championship with two races to spare after dominating the first of three races at the final round in Abu Dhabi.

Leclerc, younger brother of Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc, claimed his fourth victory of the series after dominating from pole to seal the championship in style. Ferrari academy driver Dino Beganovic finished second, Red Bull juniors Jak Crawford and Isack Hadjar third and fourth, while Mercedes junior Paul Aron finished fifth.

Pepe Marti, second in the championship, fell to the back of the field at the start and failed to finish in the points. Leclerc will take part in a second season of the FIA ​​Formula 3 championship this year, alongside Crawford and fellow Ferrari driver Ollie Bearman with Prema.

Gill hopes for more Formula E single-headers

Mahindra Formula E team principal Dilbagh Gill says holding a single E-Prix at one location rather than a double-header weekend is more in the spirit of what the championship is all about. supposed to be.

Following the Mexico City E-Prix last weekend, Formula E will also hold individual races in Monaco, Jakarta and Vancouver this season.

Gill says he hopes Formula E will move towards holding more single races in more locations over the course of a season as safeguards around Covid-19 are reduced around the world.

“I think for us we’ve always been better on a double header on day two, so obviously it’s really important for us that we have to hit the ground running,” Gill said. “We don’t have the luxury of sleeping at night and coming back much stronger the next day.

“I think it’s exciting and I would really like to go back to single headers – I think that’s the format of this championship, what the guys have come up with. [with] and what we wanted it to do. I think it’s also a sign that we’re still coming out of the pandemic and can get back to simple headers.

Quotes: Hazel Southwell

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