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The Formula 1 calendar expansion is not a concern according to Jean Todt

The FIA president Jean Todt claims that the Formula 1 staff should not be worried about the calendar extension.

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The Formula 1 calendar expansion is not a concern according to Jean Todt
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With 22 races the 2020 calendar is the longest in the Formula 1 history, and the subsequent seasons might feature up to 25 races on the basis of the regulations.

As previously acknowledged by the  F1 CEO Chase Carey, the increasing number of races is a potential concern for the teams and personnel involved, causing an excessive overhead and stress due to the multiple travels and race weekends.

Conversely, Jean Todt affirmed that the new calendar does not represent a major concern, as the Formula 1 personnel is privileged to belong to the Formula 1 world and do what they love to do. The Frenchman added that it will take a long time before having 25 races.

"I think it will be a long process before being close to 25 races," said Todt.

"Probably so much emphasis on speculating and assessing 25 races, and at the moment we should concentrate on 22, which is the situation.

"About what it represents, here I may have a different point of view.

"I really feel that, and I include myself, we are so blessed to be in a world where we love what we do. We have the passion. We are privileged.

"Whoever is in F1 is privileged. Of course, you have some duties.

"When I was in other positions [as Ferrari team principal], I was working 18 hours every day, seven days, six or seven days a week, because I had passion, I wanted a result.

"Then of course, the family, if you have a beloved family, they will understand. And you don't do that for all your life."

Todt, continued remarking how his travels across developing economies and collaboration with the United Nations have made him understand how lucky Formula 1 people are to be in their position.  

"Believe me, I do a lot in the other activities in my life, where I see people, if they are blessed, they get $30 a month," he said. "In certain countries. So we should not forget that.

"You have an eight billion population, and you have 800 million people, they [are not able] to eat, to drink, to get a vaccination.

"We're here to talk about F1, but we must not close our eyes and forget what is happening, for other people, for other communities.

"I feel again, we have to be blessed, and all those who are in F1, with much higher salaries, incidentally, than any other business, should be very happy.

"It doesn't mean that it's not hard working and all that, but simply assessing the position."

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