Brawn hints at more races

Ross Brawn (File)
Ross Brawn (File)

Cape Town - Managing Director of Motorsports Ross Brawn is open to the idea of having more races on the Formula 1 calendar, saying there is no reason why there should be no more than 21 races in a year.

However, Brawn explained that they won’t just extend the calendar for the sheer purpose of having more races but that the suggested additions need to add value to the sport.

The former Ferrari engineer also added that in NASCAR, the teams have two separate crews to ease up on the workload, something Formula 1 franchises could implement should it get too hectic.

"We've got to make sure we don't just have races because we can increase the number, the races have to be of good quality, in good places and in exciting places," he told ESPN.

"We also need to think about the frequency of races because the nice balance of a race every other weekend is perfect.

"But teams can organise themselves to do more than the current number.

"There is absolutely no reason why we shouldn't have more races, but you can't have more races with the same structure that teams have now, because it would just break it.

"20 or 21 [races] is pretty tough on the crews and tough on the engineers, tough on everyone who travels. But if you then set yourself up with two sets of crews and two sets of engineers and all the rest of it, which I believe is what NASCAR does, then you can do it.

"If we can have more races and find a way with the teams of giving them the capacity to do it properly then it's certainly not a strain on the drivers, because they don't do any testing anymore.

"There are other people within the organisation for whom it is not a strain, but it would be a strain on the crews and engineers and so on. But it's addressable and it can be done. Fundamentally we need to decide if we want that number of races and if it makes sense for the sport and makes sense for the show."

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