Sports Fittipaldi says 2022 F1 calendar is "too much" for drivers
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Last week the FIA's World Motor Sport Council rubber-stamped F1's longest-ever season with a 2022 calendar comprising 23 grands prix.
The Miami Grand Prix will make its first appearance, while the Australian, Canadian, Japanese and Singapore Grands Prix are all returning after an enforced two-year absence due to COVID-19.
Two-time F1 world champion Fittipaldi thinks it's "crazy" that the calendar has ballooned to 23 races, with owners Liberty Media eyeing even more races in the future.
"I don’t know how [drivers] can cope with 22 Grands Prix," the 1972 and 1974 world champion told Autosport in an interview hosted by bemybet.com
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Formula 1 risks losing valuable staff as well as stopping grands prix being ‘special’ events if the calendar continues expanding, warns Sebastian Vettel.The stresses and strains that the schedule is putting on staff has already been highlighted by several teams, but outfits have duly approved F1’s plans for 2022.
"It’s too much, too much. 23 next year, that’s crazy."
Fittipaldi, who raced in an era with anywhere between 11 and 17 races per season, explained than even with the drastic reduction in testing F1's current merry-go-round is "tough life" for all involved.
"Not just for the drivers, for the mechanics, for the whole team," he added.
"Formula 1 now is very tough because of the commitment you need to have.
"If you think about during the season how many days they are at home and how many days they are traveling… it’s a lot.
"In our time we had 14, 15 Grands Prix but we had a lot of testing between races. Now there’s not much testing but they go to the simulator, they have physical training.
"There are commitments between Grands Prix relating to the races as well today, so it’s difficult nowadays."
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Kawasaki has presented the ZX-10 R for the model year 2022 in the USA and donates a new color. © Kawasaki What Kawasaki 2022 plans with the ZX-10 R in Germany is still unknown. In the US, the 2022 version is already presented. Great changes? No. Small changes? It is available in the new color variant Metallic Matt Graphenestel Gray / Metallic Diablo Black. A mixture of matt gray and metallic black. Suitable for the other Ninja models in the US, as the ZX-14 R.
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Despite being critical of F1's expansion drive Fittipaldi, who is attending this weekend's US Grand Prix in Austin, did back the series' plans to try and conquer America.
Fittipaldi did exactly that after his F1 career and won the CART title and Indianapolis 500 in 1989, adding another Indy 500 ring in 1993.
"The Miami Grand Prix is confirmed for the beginning of May next year and they are trying to do a third Grand Prix in America - I think they want to make the large American public know about Formula 1," said Fittipaldi, who used to be a long-time Miami resident.
"I think [with] the interference of social media and the access from Netflix we are getting a young generation of fans in America that were not hooked to Formula 1.
"Now they want to watch Formula 1, teenagers or even younger. And I think that’s the future of Formula 1, to have big, increasing numbers in America."
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