We’ve come up with the perfect F1 season calendar – but have we got it right?
Towards the tail-end of every F1 season, thoughts turn to how the calendar for the following year is going to look and while the general shape of it tends to remain the same, there are always circuits under threat of losing their race and of new ones wanting in on the action.
The 2019 F1 World Championship will be contested over a record-equaling 21 Grands Prix and with F1 owners, Liberty Media, said to be looking at upping this to 25, are we heading towards F1 overload and with the emphasis on quantity over quality?
In 1950, we kicked off with seven rounds and over the years this has grown to the bloated season we have today.
There are many who think that at 21 we already have reached saturation point and there is now too much F1 for fans to devote all those weekends to, not to mention those who work in the sport.
Too much F1 can be a turn off
Next season starts in March and goes on to December, which is frankly a bit bonkers and quite where you crowbar another four races in is anybody’s guess.
So, we had a bit of a chinwag here and came to the general agreement that around 17 to 19 a year, as was the case for most of the 1990s and 2000s, is enough.
But, which to keep or add and which to bin from the schedule?
That’s where the argument started and after a long old debate in the pub, the below is what we eventually came up with.
Some go, most stay and some come back, and we also made our one a bit more travel friendly – I mean has anybody ever got the point of flying off to Canada in the middle of the European season?
Although a return to Adelaide would do too…
The mighty Suzuka will always make any F1 fan list.
Love it or loath it, no way we could leave Monaco out.
• SAN MARINO
And to think Silverstone is under threat. Again.
Spa. Maybe we should just hold EVERY race here.
• SUMMER BREAK
OK, the 2018 event was not a classic, but we’ll always keep the Canadian Grand Prix.
F1 without Brazil? Unthinkable.
Nineteen ace races, kicking off in Australia and finishing with Brazil, always a good bookend to an F1 season.
We'd ditch those races that just either don’t draw in the crowds or provide generally dull racing so it is a (not sad) goodbye to Bahrain, China, Russia and Abu Dhabi.
Forget Vietnam too, that Grand Prix will be around for about five minutes, but Azerbaijan can stay for now – after a dodgy start it has now become one to enjoy.
We’ve replaced those unpopular ones with fan favourites Malaysia and San Marino. Whether they could afford the bill or not is another matter, but we’ll ignore such small issues for now.
Our clever scheduling fits in breaks for the teams, criss-crossing of the globe is reduced, so the eco-crowd will like it and there is still the space for an odd wish-list gem or two, like London, Paris or New York maybe…
So, what do YOU think of our plan? Have your say in the comments below before we submit it to Chase Carey at Liberty…