Teams concerned over busy 2014 F1 calendar

2014 F1 season

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Jerez, 2012F1 team managers have expressed doubts over the viability of the FIA’s planned 2014 F1 calendar from a logistical and financial point of view.

Teams will be stretched next year with a biggest-ever schedule of 22 races, including races on consecutive weekends in Monaco, New Jersey and Canada, plus four two-day tests during the season.

Ferrari sporting director Massimo Rivola said the proposed calendar was too long: “To be honest I am still hoping we come back to the 20 races as per the current Sporting Regulations.”

“We will see. At the moment the calendar is not the best calendar possible to be honest in terms for logistics.

“The first race in Australia alone is not ideal, from the logistics side we would prefer to stop and do a race in a back-to-back coming from Australia. For sure there are some good commercial reasons behind that that I’m not aware but we will see when the calendar is 100% fixed.”

Mercedes’ sporting director Ron Meadows said having three races on consecutive weekends was the biggest challenge:

“We need to speak to FOM [Formula One Management] but in FOM we’ve got a fantastic partner who arrange all the logistics and they do a fantastic job. If they think it’s achievable then it’s achievable, they’ve never failed us yet.

“The financial aspect is give and take, rally. It opens up more doors. We probably will spend more on logistics but we’re going to get to see people in Russia, go back to Austria, we’re going to go to Mexico and it opens a lot more doors for sponsors, drivers, team members.”

Other teams expressed concerns over the cost and logistical implications of bringing back testing. Force India sporting director Andy Stevenson said: “For our team certainly the thing that we are going to find very difficult is the in-season testing.

“Four in-season tests are going to stretch us and that’s something we’re not looking forward to.”

Caterham team manager Graham Watson agreed: “It’s the in-season testing that’s probably going to push us to the edge. We had a meeting yesterday with the other teams and discussed the venues we were potentially going to go to and started to putting it down in the calendar it started to look like quite a daunting task.”

Long-serving Williams team manager Dickie Stanford pointed out that commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone does not discuss calendar arrangements with team managers before setting the schedule.

“No he doesn’t consult us,” said Stanford. “Whether he consults team principals, I don’t know.”

“We wait until we see the calendar before we know what’s going on.”

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30 comments on Teams concerned over busy 2014 F1 calendar

  1. I work 6 days a week, so to tell me they can’t work 22 races its a bit ridiculous, those people make tons of money, extra races means extra exposure which in turns is extra money, which they are all complaining they need. But it seems it doesn’t matter what you do in life, everyone wants more money and less work.

  2. Fisha695 (@fisha695) said on 5th October 2013, 3:23

    Using Monaco as the constant as far as what weekend it is and using the 2014 calender for this (it’d work for other years too give or take a week), if they would start the series on the first Sunday of March that would allow 12 weeks before Monaco. They could easily get 8 races in before Monaco instead of 6 that is scheduled currently, heck they could possibly push it and get 9 or 10 but I think 8 would be ideal as then there would be 4 off-weeks for transport/dev/rest.

    If they must keep the 4 week break they should put it in June around Le Mans, 2 weeks before, the week of Le Mans and the week after. That would mean the break would come after Monaco which could be played up marketing wise as “After the tradition that is Monaco we take a break and rest up for the tradition that is Le Mans”. It would also give ample time for those involved with F1 to take part in Le Mans even if it’s just as a spectator taking their family and making a couple week vacation in the French countryside out of it.

    After the Le Mans break that would allow for 21 or 22 weeks to cover the remaining 13 races.

    Ok here is how I would do it for 2014.
    March 02 = Australia
    March 09 = Malaysia
    March 16 = OFF
    March 23 = China
    March 30 = Korea

    April 06 = OFF
    April 13 = Bahrain
    April 20 = Abu Dhabi
    April 27 = OFF

    May 04 = Great Britain
    May 11 = OFF
    May 18 = Spain
    May 25 = Monaco

    June 01 = OFF
    June 08 = OFF
    June 15 = OFF (Le Mans)
    June 22 = OFF
    June 29 = Russia

    July 06 = OFF
    July 13 = Hungary
    July 20 = Italy
    July 27 = OFF

    August 03 = Austria
    August 10 = Germany
    August 17 = Belgium
    August 24 = OFF
    August 31 = OFF

    September 07 = Singapore
    September 14 = Japan
    September 21 = OFF
    September 28 = OFF

    October 05 = Canada
    October 12 = New Jersey
    October 19 = OFF
    October 26 = Mexico

    November 02 = Brazil
    November 09 = OFF (pre championship media week at the big US news & sports shows)
    November 16 = Austin (for this to work, NASCAR Cup season finale would have to be Sunday night or Saturday night race)
    Week After = Champion Driver & Team media appearances in USA (ESPN, CNN, FOXNews ABC/CBS/NBC, etc) including Late Night Talk Shows

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