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Guenther Steiner questions calandar expansion proposals

  • Published on 16 Oct 2016 12:23
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Haas F1 team principal Guenther Steiner has questioned new proposals that suggest a broader race calendar.

2016 sees Formula One host it's longest season ever, with 21 races squeezed into nine months. Teams have already complained of it's longevity and new owners Liberty Media have said they plan to add even more races to a season.

“How much do we grow the business income by adding races?” Steiner said about the issue.

“If we just give ourselves more work then why do we do that? It’s better to reduce the work and bring the quality up. Bring the quantity down and bring the quality up.

“It’s a fine line there and I’m not an expert in promoting races so I wouldn’t know where that line is but on an operational side, 21 races for a team like us we are at the limit.

“The flyaways in Asia you are away for a long time. People think we are just here from Thursday to Sunday but there’s people out on Sunday or even Saturday to start the set-up and even stay until Monday until everything is done.”

“For me it can bring revenue that justifies it and we can sell more products, but we need to back it up. If we’re just doing it for the sake of doing it, if we just have more work and the same income, why would you do it?”

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