“You Can Do the Math” – Ricciardo & Vettel Urge F1 Over Calendar Saga

Published 10/07/2021, 12:43 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo with Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Kenzo Tribouillard


The 2021 calendar has a record of 22 races and even includes three very hectic triple-headers. While this year’s calendar looked to atone for last season’s 17 races, the 2022 season is exhaustive. Now the longest season in F1’s history, next season will have 23 reasons as a part of its roster. Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo had some very pertinent points to share regarding this extensive schedule.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 13: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT01 Honda makes a pitstop during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 13, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

While drivers get the cream of the cake in the F1 schedule, the rest of the crew don’t. Looking at the weekend ahead of the Turkish GP this weekend, the drivers had a fortnight to rest and unwind before arriving in Turkey.

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Conversely, the engineers had arrived at Istanbul much earlier to construct the paddock, set up the car, and do other important tasks that go on behind the curtain.

Vettel contends for the crew

The traveling circus takes an immense toll on everybody involved. Sebastian Vettel explained, “We must not neglect that we are a group of people and human beings who travel the world. You can do the math…That leaves you a very intense season.” 23 weekends of racing out of the 52 in a year make for a lot of traveling.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021. Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel celebrates with team members after finishing in second place Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Vettel asks F1 to be more considerate towards the labor force that keeps the sport a well-oiled machine. “Most of them, be they engineers, mechanics or personnel who work in the team, have a family or children to take care of. Therefore, we must be very careful where we want to put our interests.”

Additionally, as F1 looks to be a greener sport, traveling is taking two steps back. But more than anything, he wishes that the people involved have the time to go back to their normal lives.

Emotionally draining for Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo shared the emotional stresses of busy schedules like these. “We are away from our families for long periods of time, especially with triple headers, so you have to trust your teammates to help you if you are a little depressed, you miss your home, or whatever.” 

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021. McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates with his team after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron.

The Australian brings up a good point for the drivers who aren’t European. While it gets easier for European drivers to take a short flight home, others often lose the opportunity to go to their families; because of the schedule and Covid restrictions. Ricciardo hoped that the intensity of the pandemic reduces so that it gives teams the time to slow down.

“I really hope that next year the world continues to open up and that we can interact more with the team. It’s not just on the track, we also want to do some events, some dinners, I think having a bit of social life outside the paddock for a race weekend helps separate the weekend as well.”

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Concluding, Ricciardo added, “I think it is an important moment to disconnect and relieve some tension of the trip, nostalgia or whatever.”

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Now, with the increasing conversations about the burdensome routine, the people involved have to adapt to F1 will have to make some changes in their schedule. Two hours of action at the cost of thousands of employees is compensation that needs to be reviewed.

Watch this story: F1 Drivers Fighting on Track.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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