The 2021 Formula 1 World Championship should have been that of the "return to normal" after the 2020 championship was heavily influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In fact, starting from the second half of the season, F1 will face three series of triples after the summer break that precedes the Australian Grand Prix, recently postponed to 21 November and will end with two Grand Prix in the Middle East.
Toto Wolff, Mercedes Team Principal, expressed to the Austrian channel ORF the enormous difficulty that teams could encounter following a non-stop racing program: "It will certainly be incredibly difficult for the race team.
"We will have three triple-headers in a row. You won't come home for four weeks. That is, of course, an enormous burden."
Furthermore, Wolff stated that there is a possibility that some tracks could raise the white flag looking at the recent reorganization of the Australian GP and the postponement of the Chinese GP and its unlikely execution given the large number of races on the calendar. Although the Grand Prix organizers have denied these concerns, the Monaco Grand Prix could also be at risk, as stated by the Alfa Romeo sporting director, Beat Zehnder.
"This fear is, of course, justified" added Wolff.
"Australia has been postponed, but the Grand Prix is so important that they didn't want to cancel it entirely. It will follow at the end of the year.
"And China has a general ban for major events until August. These are two factors that cannot be influenced. That's why we start in Bahrain."
Despite growing concerns within the Circus regarding the first half of the program, Wolff hopes the Covid-19 situation will moderate after the summer break.
"I assume we will have a reasonably normal season again after the summer" he concluded.
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