McLaren Unhappy With F1’s Ambitious Plans for 2021

Published 10/19/2020, 8:37 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – McLaren’s Lando Norris and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during practice Miguel Medina/Pool via REUTERS


Recently, Formula 1 witnessed the Eifel Grand Prix get shortened to just 2 days. Ever since the weekend in Germany, many questioned the need for Friday’s practice session. Suggestions were also made about scrapping Friday from race weekends and compensating those days for more races from 2021. However, McLaren were not pleased.

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What did McLaren say?

Andreas Seidl, McLaren Team Principal, revealed that hosting shorter race weekends and compensating it to create a bigger racing calendar is not right. “It doesn’t affect how many races you can do,” he said.

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He also felt that more races could force the team to spend more time away from home, which was a problem.”Because the problem for me is that you are away from home on these weekends. And that is not sustainable for our team members.”

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and Racing Point’s Lance Stroll in action during the race. Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

But contrary to his opinion, Liberty Media are already planning to host 25 races in a season from 2021 after they signed a Concorde agreement.

If Liberty Media manages to bring ideas to the table, it will most probably spur some opposition from the teams. Such ideas may help F1 gain more viewership and help the sport gain more profits.

But the same cannot be said for the teams in the sport as they have already been complaining about the double-headers and the triple-headers this season.

Could a race weekend without Friday make things more interesting?

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates with teammates after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

Max Verstappen mentioned that he was fine with the idea, despite showing some concerns. “As a driver, you have to do everything within a day, which is absolutely fine for me,” he said. “If you get it wrong beforehand, then it will be difficult to change before qualifying.”

Lewis Hamilton, too, looked absolutely sold on the idea of shortening a race weekend to just two days. “It saves 22 days a year, which is good,” he said. “22 days less in which 20 cars drive around the track and pollute the air and the planet.”

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Bad weather prevented any racing from taking place on Friday at Nurburgring. But what surprised everyone was that despite the elimination of FP1 and FP2, the teams still gathered adequate data needed for the race in the final practice session.

This raised a lot of points against the practice of holding FP1 and FP2 during race weekends. Next week, Imola will also witness the race weekend starting from Saturday with just one practice session scheduled for the teams.

Will it prevent the drivers from performing at their best? Only time will tell.

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(The quotes are translated from German using Google Translate)

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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