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One more race for the 2020 F1 calendar, but with no more engines allowed

2020 calendar has been set. What will teams fear the most? 22 races around the world, with more back-to-back rounds or the existing availability of engines for the entire season?

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One more race for the 2020 F1 calendar, but with no more engines allowed
Fuente imagen: Jerry Andre/Motorlat Images

On the usual Saturday morning team principals’ meeting held in Budapest before Qualifying, teams had given their support to Liberty Media for a 22 rounds 2020 calendar. The decision came after all bosses allowed to refuse an extra Power Unit for the extra race scheduled: the decision came for giving equal opportunities to customer teams in order to keep cost under control. "We've got to let Liberty do their business, and their business is to grow F1. If they are able to attract promoters, we've got to support them. So we shouldn't change the technical regulations because we have an extra race. That was the debate we had. It shouldn't be seen as an opportunity to increase the number of components” said Wolff as Motorsport.com reported. The backing from squads hasn’t been constrained to Mercedes: McLaren’s Zak Brown has been also supportive to the initiative; even Gunther Steiner from Haas had spent good words to the settlement saying “That is down to the engine manufacturers to say yes or no. If they are confident they can do it with three engines then I am fine with it".

However, the Austrian manager pointed out the logistic challenge of such a conclusion: “But equally we've got to protect our people and all of us” argued later “because it could get to a point where it's not manageable any more with one single crew. That becomes a factor that needs a solution". Now the American promoter needs to sort out the dates for distributing over the year all the Grand Prixes: a solution could be seen in an earlier consecutive stop in Bahrain after the Melbourne opener and in the Vietnam round following Shanghai race.

After allowing Lewis Hamilton space on the opening lap of the Hungarian Grand Prix a sequence of events followed from which Bottas never recovered.

The issue began when Barcelona was confirmed over a single year deal being supported by the Catalan government: the rescue of the Spanish region helped Montmelò circuit to see the 30th edition of its event. Great news for the aficionados of the track: with one more race planned, cuts on testing days are on review; the two options more likely to happen are a single-session of five days in the second slot of the preseason; or a three to three days schedule. At that point, Germany and Mexico were the two countries to risk the absence of their home races from F1.

Wolff again, having been the man behind the half-hour deal for keeping Hockenheim this year, cleared that he wouldn’t stand for another savage: “This is not something which we are in a position to continue. Also because I believe that we shouldn't really be interfering in the business of Liberty and F1 - it is up to them to decide which tracks are on or off" clarified Toto. On the other side of the ocean, Mexico City renewal announcement came today: mayor Claudia Sheinbaum stated that in the following days FIA president Jean Todt will come to put the final signature to the three-years contract.

For the future talks with Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Morocco and South Africa are said to be under way, with the Arabian kingdom likely to be at the ultimate step in being on the calendar already in 2021 season.

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