F1 set to group races by region

Formula 1 is planning to group races by region in 2023 in an effort to improve its sustainability credentials by reducing freight movements and personnel travel.

The strategy was revealed by F1 boss, Stefano Domenicali during the Spanish GP weekend, with a meeting with the team principals.

In 2019, Liberty announced a plan to make F1 carbon neutral by 2030, and rationalising the calendar is seen as a key part of that ongoing commitment. At the same time, a more efficient schedule will tackle the dramatic rise in freight costs that has impacted both the F1 organisation itself and the teams.

Whilst some races have traditionally been grouped together, there are anomalies in the calendar in the way some flyaway races are placed. This season, Miami was a standalone race involving a North American trip for just one race weekend, whilst the upcoming races in Baku and Montreal in June are back to backs but far apart geographically.

Although, Domenicali did not go into extensive detail in the meeting of what could change, its understood that Baku could be grouped in a run of races with Shanghai and Suzuka. One complication that F1 still faces is the COVID-19 situation in China still remains unclear, and moving it towards the end of the season creates some extra breathing space.

Another option that could potentially happen, is to pair Miami and Montreal, which means that one or the other will have to move from its 2022 date by a month. Monaco’s traditional end of May date reduces F1’s flexibility at that time of year.

The Middle Eastern races could also be paired together, with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia together at the start of the year, and Qatar and Abu Dhabi towards the end of the season.

My Opinion-

About time they did this, it doesn’t make sense for us to go from Italy to the US and then to Spain. As well as the cost, you’ve got to think of the teams, as F1 wants a big calendar grouping races together will make it easier for teams.

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