Verstappen fears mechanics might quit because of 22-race F1 season

04-10-2019 10:26
by Matt Gretton
F1 News
Verstappen fears mechanics might quit because of 22-race F1 season

Max Verstappen doesn't want Formula 1 to go ahead with the 22-race season because it will put too much strain on the mechanics. Formula 1 will have a 22 race season next year, with both the Dutch Grand Prix and the Vietnamese Grand Prix added to the calendar. 

The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver feels the team bosses and drivers themselves will be able to manage, but it'll be difficult to manage for those that travel to the track early in the week. 

"I don't agree with 22 races a year. I think we should just pick the best tracks out there – I know they want to make money, but they also have to think about the mechanics who rock up to the track," Verstappen is quoted by Motorsport.com. 

"They arrive Monday or Tuesday to build everything up while the big bosses arrive on a Saturday or maybe even a Saturday morning and fly even during the race back home. For them it's not a problem, they can easily do 30 [races] because they're only away for three days. For most of the people, it's at least five or six days, and then I'm not even complaining about us, it's the mechanics, they can file for a divorce straight away if there's going to be more."

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