“It Is on the Limit” – F1 Sporting Director Sketches Out the Plan Behind Exorbitant 2022 Season

Published 01/10/2022, 10:44 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Young Driver Test – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 14, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and mechanics during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Formula One is a truly global sport in every sense of the imagination. The sport travels through five continents in a year to host a full season. Unsurprisingly, F1 generates huge crowds in whichever country the races take place. The logistical side of the sport is one of the most impressive things in the world.

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But with increasing races every single year, the logistics are becoming more and more difficult. In 2021, the sport had its longest season, with 22 races in almost 20 countries and over 4 continents. In 2022, F1 will host a record-breaking 23 races in the season, which will put logistics on the limit once again. F1 sporting director Steve Nielsen mentioned that logistics will be put to test in the upcoming season.

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The logistics are another form of Formula 1 that is extreme: F1 sporting director

As reported by GPFans, Nielsen recognized the challenge that 23 races will present to logistics in 2022. The main issue arises in the triple-headers, where logistics becomes paramount.

In Brazil, there was concern that some teams won’t be able to take part in the race as their freights were delayed by two days.

“I don’t think Formula 1 has ever pretended to be vanilla in any way. The logistics are another form of Formula 1 that is extreme. It is on the limit.” said Nielsen.

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Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 20, 2021, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during qualifying REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

“We don’t go into that with our eyes closed, we know what’s possible, and we know what’s too much, and we don’t do every idea we come up with. Sometimes we do rule stuff out and we think, ‘No, that’s too risky, we won’t do it.'” said the sporting director.

He also stated the importance of having DHL as the sport’s logistical partner. “So the stuff we plan and execute with our partner DHL is what we think is realistically achievable in order to deliver the calendar. So we don’t take risks that we don’t think are worth taking,” concluded Nielsen.

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We hope that the sport successfully conducts the record-breaking 23 race season in 2022. Hopefully, there will not be any problems regarding the logistics and the freight delays.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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