Next season’s Formula 1 calendar will be a record-breaking one. There will be a mammoth 23 races across eight months in 2021.
It will feature two triple-headers following the summer break. One of them will be a brutal schedule of Sochi, Singapore and Suzuka.
While Toto Wolff supports the plan for the business to grow following a very tough year for the sport financially due to the coronavirus pandemic, he is aware of the toll it will take in everyone on the sport.
"I think the teams are the beneficiaries of growing revenue and income," said Wolff. "In that respect we all need to support for the business to grow.
"On the other side a couple of triple-headers will take a toll on the people. I think there is an Asian triple-header that will mean we are more than three weeks away from home and that is certainly not something that is great."
Wolff added that Mercedes are looking at rotating their crew next season to ease the load on the mechanics in particular.
"You must not forget that the hardest working people are the ones that set up the garages and take them down and the mechanics that will have overnighters if something goes wrong," he added.
"You need to question how long that is sustainable and whether you implement a different system by having a second crew that can take over these toughest roles and this is something we are looking at at the moment."
Haas has been hit more than most with the financial impact of the coronavirus; they look set to give Nikita Mazepin a drive next year thanks to the serious backing the Russian has.
Team boss Guenther Steiner believes the sport needs to do it, but he’s also concerned about not overworking his employees.
"It will take a toll on the people but I think especially in the times we are in now we need to do it," Steiner said.
"But then FOM needs to look into it, if it's something we want to do for the long term, if this many races are sustainable and if there is no saturation coming in by the spectators.
"On the people side we need to come up with plans that we don’t overwork them."
"We overwork them anyway, but we need to be clear that we cannot demand that all the time.
"If it gives us more revenue we need to come up with ideas where we make it sustainable for ourselves, where we don’t need to wait until we are told to do that.
"It’s part of where Formula 1 is going. We will just find out in a few years if more races is the right way. We need to try it and try to find some solution where our people do not get worn out."
AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost believes the 2021 schedule is ‘’on the limit.’’
“I went through, with our Team Manager, on the calendar and we analysed everything,” said Tost.
“It’s possible but it’s on the limit because we must not forget that people are out sometimes for three weeks and that’s really a long period.
“I think what’s currently in the calendar is the absolute limit and should not be extended.”
As for Alfa Romeo team principal, Fred Vasseur, his main concern is the triple-header mentioned above.
“I think the main issue is that if you want to put 23 races in eight months that you have no other option,” he said.
“I’m a bit more concerned about the second one with Sochi, Singapore and Japan also because it’s close to the end of the season.
“It’s a flyaway and for the mechanics, for the team and also for the stock of spare parts it won’t be an easy one but I think that we have no other option if we want to do 23 races per year.”