Formula One Managing Director of Motorsports Ross Brawn says that there is room on the Formula 1 calendar for “one or two more” races, after recent speculation regarding the intentions of sport’s new owner, Liberty Media, to expand the current 20-race schedule and bring races in American destinations cities such as New York, Miami, Los Angeles or even Las Vegas.
Ross Brawn, the new F1 sporting boss, explains the plans for the Formula 1 calendar: “More important than the number is the quality of the races. There is no point having many races that are boring. Our priority is to improve the quality of the existing races and to add only more quality races to the calendar. The teams already have a challenge with the current 20 races, but I think we have the capacity for one or two more if the quality is high.” the former Scuderia Ferrari technical director added when asked to comment on the Formula 1 calendar, as reported by Austrian broadcaster ORF.
While Liberty Media’s arrival has brought new hope regarding the future of Formula 1, Ross Brawn said this should be seen as a long-term project: “There’s not going to be a revolution in Formula 1 where suddenly we come up with a big change and everything gets better. It’s going to be a constant process. Until we get the capacity to really understand the direction the sport should change to, we are not going to change any of the big things. It’s just too risky.”
Despite the fact that Ross Brawn has previously indicated that he would take into consideration the idea of changes such as holding non-championship races, the British Formula One Managing Director of Motorsports does not intend to pursue this possibility, at least for the moment, as well as the overhaul of the grand prix format itself: “With modern technology you can package the sport in whichever way people want to watch it. I think an hour 40, an hour 45 is a great period for a race.”