The Formula 1 drivers, employees of all teams and many more people involved in Formula 1 races collect a lot of air miles this year. The field flies from hot to her for the Grands Prix on the calendar. For the upcoming race weekend, Formula 1 will travel to Azerbaijan, then fly to Miami a week later, and then they will be in Italy. This can be done more efficiently, GPDA chairman George Russell agrees.
Formula 1 recently indicated that they want to make the calendar more efficient from 2026, the season in which the new engine regulations take effect and sustainability will play an even greater role. Flying from one side of the world to the other does not quite fit in with making sport more sustainable. As next year’s calendar is set to consist of 24 races, Russell and his colleagues have expressed concerns. In addition, he confirms that Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali listens carefully to the drivers.
“Stefano is very open to anything we’re concerned about and want to talk about,” Russell told Speedweek. And together we have a loud voice. “There is a lot to talk about about a sustainable World Cup calendar when you have to fly from the desert to America and then back to Europe,” the Mercedes driver criticizes. Things don’t get any better further into the season, however, as the drivers then have to travel to Singapore and Japan, then to the Americas, and then back to the desert for Abu Dhabi.
There are limits to race shifts: ‘It’s due to the weather and track availability’
For example, it would make sense to organize a World Cup round in the Middle East just before or after the race in Australia. ‘Because almost all of us flew there a week before the race anyway. The mechanics and engineers were there too. That’s why you lose those three or four days anyway, so two races on consecutive weekends would make sense,” explains Russell. Many fans also do not understand what the World Cup calendar looks like. “But of course there are restrictions with regard to the weather or the availability of the circuits. But I think we will see an improvement in the coming years,” concludes the 25-year-old.