Sauber team boss Monisha Kalterborn thinks that 21 Formula one races a year is too much, and that the sport should reduce the number of races.
2016 has seen the highest number of races on the calendar in the history of the sport with 21 races planned. The season started back in March at albert park Australia and will run until the finale, which will again be hosted at the Yas Marina complex in Abu Dhabi.
At the moment there is the summer break, which gives the teams 3 weeks to recharge their batteries, and prepare for a gruelling finish to the season which kicks off again in Spa. From the legendary Spa race until the finale, there will be nine races staged in 13 weeks. An F1 fans dream no doubt, but Monisha has other thoughts.
“21 races is too much for us,” the Sauber team boss told F1i.
“I think it’s not going to really help us at the end of the day to have more viewers.
“Probably the most important factor is the income, but that again is a question of how long that will last, this kind of strategy? But that’s for the commercial rights holder to know, not for us as teams.
“But I do believe that this is beyond the limit.”
Paddy Lowe has been quoted recently as saying the summer break was the best formula one invention of modern times, Monisha agrees somewhat.
“I think it’s very important,” she added. “Irrespective of how your performance is, the people need the break and there is a good reason why races were limited to 20.
“Now we have more and we have destinations further away and we don’t have the capacity as a team to rotate people and to make sure that they don’t go beyond their limits.
“It’s important and I think the factory shutdown – which was agreed at a time when not everybody was so convinced about it because there was no reason to think like this – has actually turned out to be one of the best things we have done for the teams and the people. Maybe we have to do more of this so maybe it is better for everyone.
“For us it is good to be able to really reset everything and then hopefully be much more stable.”