Twitter Fumes as F1 Sets Bizarre Triple-Header During the Closing Stages of 2021

Published 10/01/2021, 2:41 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 25, 2021 A man pushes wheels as FP3 is cancelled due to rain ahead of qualifying REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


Early on Thursday, Formula 1 officially welcomed Qatar to the sport, which will host its first-ever Grand Prix during the closing stages of this F1 season.

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What’s more, Qatar signed a whopping 10-year contract, meaning Losail International Circuit will witness guaranteed F1 action between 2023 and 2032. Now, the debut race weekend at Qatar will take place between November 19 and 21, making it the last of the triple-header after Mexico and Brazil.

However, this latest modification to the current season’s calendar has drawn a lot of flak amongst the teams and possibly the fans, too.

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Is F1 starting to face disagreements?

Triple-headers have always been a cause of concern for the entire paddock, as each of the team’s crew will have to endure brutal work to pull off a single season.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 25, 2021 General view as FP3 is cancelled due to rain ahead of qualifying REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Apparently, F1 mechanics and support crew work 80 hours on average over a single event. Now, imagine doing the same over 3 consecutive race weekends across 3 different continents. Of course, this F1 is doing its best to keep the season alive by calling in replacements as and when needed.

But, this is certainly taking a toll on the entire F1 paddock, and if the trend does continue, we may as well start facing disagreements soon from the teams.

McLaren’s inspection technician, Ben Brown, revealed the same on Twitter. “Showing some consideration for the reality of working in F1. Yes, it’s awesome, but damn can it be brutal work.

On average mechanics/support crew work 80-hour weeks during one event. Doing this 3 weeks in a row across 3 continents is exhausting. That is all,” he said.

Fans react to the final triple-header of 2021

It wasn’t just the McLaren crew who opined against the final triple-header of this season, but many others too; F1 journalist, Jennie Gow, being one of them. Take a look at how people react to this immensely exhausting triple-header comprising Mexico, Brazil, and Qatar.

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Overall, it looks like the F1 crew have a lot of traveling to do which is indeed going to cause a worry or two. The timing is much worse, as most of the paddock is already worn out amidst the hectic 2021 racing schedule. Hence, to create such a triple-header during the final weeks of the season is quite ludicrous.

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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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