2023-11-27 Ecclestone Hints 20-Race Calendar is Possible - autoevolution

Ecclestone Hints 20-Race Calendar is Possible

Although more and more circuits are now having problems supporting the costs of an F1 race, the championship's boss Bernie Ecclestone hinted that the racing calendar for the upcoming seasons might be comprised of as may as 20 races.

The 2009 Formula One schedule had 17 rounds, while the one next year is projected to include 2 additional races as compared to this year. According to several reports in Canada, the Montreal officials and Ecclestone finally agreed on the tax issues regarding the Canadian GP and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is to return to F1 action in 2010.

Also, South Korea is on its way to debuting in the series next year. The organizers have already released the brand image for the aforementioned race, which has been approved by the FIA for the October 17th date.

Talking to the Formula One official website, Ecclestone insisted that several other regions of the world are seeking a place in the series' calendar and it's always better to have more rounds in one season rather that use the free dates for testing.

I always said that it is possible and obviously now there are more and more people falling for that idea. Nobody needs testing. It was always, in my opinion, that testing costs money while racing brings money. Or let them test on Monday after the race when everybody is at the track, the hotels are paid for and that huge logistical effort is eliminated,” said the F1 supremo, according to the F1 website.

Italy (through the projected Rome Grand Prix), France (who is looking to return to F1 in the near future) Russia (through a potential airport-based circuit) and the US (Bernie really wants F1 to travel to New York) are only a few of F1's possible destinations in 2011.
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