Toto Wolff & McLaren F1 Boss Come Together With an Innovative Idea to Fix F1’s Calendar Problems

Published 09/30/2021, 5:16 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021 Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


The Formula One calendar has had to deal with several changes since last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Races have been either canceled, postponed or a different venue has been added to the list. This year is no different, as F1 still tries to fit in the most races they can within the season. Team Principal of Mercedes, Toto Wolff & Team Principal of McLaren, Andreas Seidl have been part of the discussion and will take turns to tackle the situation.

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Andreas Seidl and Toto Wolff will work together to fix F1’s calendar issues

It is no secret that the pandemic caused a lot of problems for teams, as they planned out the calendar. With the season still not being confirmed with races, team bosses have brought in by turns to overcome the issue.

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As quoted from Corriere Dello Sport, Wolff said, “With Stefano we have the best person in the role to balance income and workload. He has managed a team and knows the pressure on people, it is enormous, especially on the mechanics who have to be on the field well in advance.”

He added, “We have a rotation scheme to take away some of the pressure, but I think we should find an innovative idea and make the rotation mandatory if it is within how much we can afford.”

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“We have many young engineers in every area who haven’t lived the ‘battlefield’ life yet , because there is a senior figure who is the best of the bunch.

“Perhaps it can become an opportunity to put them in a hot position and put a cap on the number of appearances in the race. We could set it to 20 races and then do 3 where you have to bring someone else. It is clear that the devil is in the details,” Wolff explained. (Translated via Google Translate)

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Round twenty for this year’s championship is still not confirmed

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Teams and drivers were already disappointed at hearing about the Australian Grand Prix being canceled. Additionally, there were heartbroken to know when the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka was called off as well.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. leads into the first corner at the start of the race REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

However, there is still no indication which venue will replace the race in Japan. Teams and drivers still face the season with uncertainty and hope that they can complete this year’s championship without any more races being canceled.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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