Ferrari, with Frédéric Vasseur at the helm, is not afraid of the 2024 Formula 1 calendar. While the paddock questions the increasing number of events in the upcoming Championships, the Maranello team faces the issue with stoicism. The season will be long and demanding, but the team principal has emphasized positive aspects that often escape collective judgments.
The 2024 Formula 1 championship will visit a total of 24 different circuits, a record number that will represent the longest Formula 1 season in history. This number could potentially increase in the near future. From Madrid to New York, passing through South Africa and South America, CEO Stefano Domenicali continues his (brilliant) work expanding Formula 1 into new markets.
Frédéric Vasseur is not afraid of changes; in fact, he is convinced that teams can handle the fatigue independently: “We need to find the best approach for the mechanics because it’s part of performance, reliability. It’s not a coincidence that there were so many mistakes in the pits in Abu Dhabi; everyone was exhausted.”
“We might need to consider having a rotation of mechanics: have one group with us at the races and another at the factory taking care of the cars. I think we have the means to do something, to manage things better.” – he explained.
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For the French engineer, the expansion of the calendar should not be seen as a bothersome burden: “It should be remembered that until a few years ago, we had difficulty finding circuits that would host us. Today we have many proposals. We have the opportunity to have a calendar with 24 races and be selective.”
“Of course, we need to work on the schedule, absolutely,” explains Frédéric Vasseur. “In 2024, we will have the first part of the season in the Far East, with Melbourne, Japan, and China in succession. This will allow mechanics and drivers to stay in that part of the world, which will be useful. Then we will need to manage the team, give them rest days. But I don’t believe the number of races should be reduced.” – the French manager pointed out.
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