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F1's Packed Schedule Under Scrutiny By Former Driver - "So Demanding For The Mechanics"

The expanding F1 calendar poses significant challenges for teams and drivers, with concerns about health and work-life balance coming to the forefront.

Former F1 driver Timo Glock recently expressed concerns over the expanding F1 calendar with the physical and mental toll on teams and drivers. His insights, along with comments from other notable figures like Fernando Alonso and George Russell, reveal the growing challenges faced in the sport.

Key Takeaways:

  • Timo Glock's Perspective: Glock argues for a limit of 20 or 21 races per season, highlighting the extreme demands on team members, particularly mechanics, who often work in challenging conditions and face significant health risks due to the gruelling schedule.
  • Fernando Alonso's Commitment: Despite his love for racing and self-confidence in his performance, Alonso acknowledges the potential impact of the demanding F1 schedule on his future in the sport, citing the need for balance with other life aspects.
  • George Russell's Observations: Russell also raises concerns about team members suffering from illnesses due to constant time zone changes, underlining the human cost of the packed racing calendar.
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The Formula 1 racing calendar is set to reach new heights in 2024, with a record-breaking 24 races, including the return of the Chinese and Emilia Romagna Grands Prix. This expansion has sparked a significant discussion within the F1 community, with various drivers and team members voicing their concerns.

Former F1 driver Timo Glock shared his views on the increasing number of races. 

"The limit should be 20 or 21. You need to take into account that there is testing in Bahrain before the season. It is so demanding for the mechanics. I did not meet anyone in the paddock who did not feel sick at the end in Abu Dhabi.

"After being in Vegas having the problem on Friday which shifted everyone into a late weekend. They flew from cold Vegas to 30C Abu Dhabi and air-conditioned rooms. After such a long season and next season with a triple header at the end I think it is just far too much."

Glock continued:

"It is a risk for drivers but they travel in private jets and can recover. Think about the mechanic who works the whole weekend, rips down the pit garage, jumps in a plane in economy and then flies to the next race and has to rebuild the car. That is most demanding to keep the show going."

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Fernando Alonso recently spoke about his dedication to the sport and the thrill of competing at the highest level. However, he too acknowledged the potential impact of the intensive schedule. He commented:

"It could be that with the calendar and with the demanding schedule that one day I will feel it's time - because there are other things in life."

Mercedes driver George Russell also picked up on the health challenges team members face due to constant travel and time zone changes, a concern echoed by others in the paddock.

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