LONDON – Formula One is planning to broaden to 24 races within the close to future, with some rotation of circuits, chief government Chase Carey mentioned on Thursday.
The sport has pencilled in a document 23 for subsequent 12 months, depending on developments within the Covid-19 pandemic which compelled organisers to rewrite this season’s schedule and restrict races to Europe and the Middle East.
Carey, who’s handing over to former Ferrari group boss Stefano Domenicali in January whereas remaining as non-executive chairman of the Liberty Media-owned sport, was talking to buyers.
“We expect to move to a 24-race calendar in the next few years, and will probably rotate a few races so we will be able to accommodate a few new partners,” mentioned the American.
“But they will be limited as long-term partnerships continue to be our priority.”
Formula One had two new races this 12 months as a results of the Covid-19 pandemic, at Portugal’s Algarve circuit and Mugello in Italy, whereas additionally bringing again the Nuerburgring in Germany, Italy’s Imola and Turkey’s Istanbul Park for the primary time in years.
Those races have been stand-ins for others that needed to be cancelled on what ended up as a 17-round calendar.
Saudi Arabia would be the new spherical on the calendar subsequent season with an evening race in Jeddah.
Formula One has by no means had greater than 21 rounds in a season and lengthening the calendar has brought about concern about the burden positioned on group staff.
Carey mentioned Formula One’s viewership was up barely on final 12 months regardless of the dominance of Mercedes for a seventh 12 months in succession and a lacklustre displaying by Ferrari.