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F1 team execs push for regionalized '23 calendar to reduce extensive travel woes

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner said that the current geographic layout of the F1 schedule is about as expensive as could be madeGetty Images

F1 team bosses have "backed plans to regionalise the 2023 calendar in an effort to reduce the amount of freight movement and personnel travel," according to Adam Cooper of While improving the championship's sustainability credentials is "ostensibly the driving force behind the move," streamlining the schedule also will "reduce costs for the F1 organisation itself." This year's calendar includes "several anomalies, such as the trip to Miami earlier this month as a standalone flyaway, and the upcoming double-header involving Azerbaijan and Canada, which are far apart geographically." To make it work, "some races -- possibly even Monaco -- could be obliged to move away from their traditional dates," and promoters "may have to be convinced that the move works for them." Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner said, "When you look at the geographics of it, Azerbaijan to Montreal, going to Australia for a weekend, it's about as expensive as you could make it." Alpine F1 Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer said that his "only concern was that geographically close races could lose spectators to each other" (, 5/26).

GROWING PAINS:'s Jonathan Noble writes while the explosion of interest in F1 is "great news for promoters who have faced huge losses during the pandemic and sometimes struggled to balance the books beforehand," bigger crowds "come with extra headaches." As F1 owner Liberty Media "bids to capitalise on the current high levels of interest and build momentum rather than have it be a flash in the pan of fans wanting to go to races," F1 "can be more picky in which races it chooses." Old style venues "cannot just ramp up the ticket prices, not put decent organisation in place, ignore the experience for fans," and then "expect their slot to be guaranteed in the future just because they have history." It was the approach of trying to ensure the fan experience was good that "pushed Miami in to a loss for its inaugural grand prix." While costs escalated to put the event on, F1 Miami GP Managing Partner Tom Garfinkel was "adamant that they would not compromise the experience for fans by simply opening the flood gates to boost ticket revenue." Miami has "opened eyes about what heights can be reached in terms of the fan experience at the track" (, 5/26).

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