Bernie Ecclestone is not happy with the changes taking place in the F1 scene. It seems that in the coming years, F1 could go in a completely different direction, with many novelties. The goal of everything is to raise the popularity of F1 to an even higher level but also to attract various sponsors and bring in money.
Among the changes for 2024 is the 24-race calendar. In Ecclestone's opinion, such a move won't lead to good things and makes no sense. “My opinion is that 18 races is enough,” Ecclestone told the Daily Mail. “We did 20 and I often thought that that was a bit too much.
Because you have to think of the teams. Before long, they will have to employ double staff. With 22 or 23 races there will be too many divorces. It is a matter of when. I can understand the commercial people because they can say they are signing long-time agreements and that apparently makes the company they work for a lot more money.
They can say they have 10-year contracts or whatever. So what they are doing is 100 per cent right for them at the moment commercially."
Bernie Ecclestone on F1 calendar
Bernie believes that 18 races are enough to attract attention and maintain the 'charm' of F1.
"But without any shadow of a doubt I would stick to 18 prestigious races. That’s because we don’t know, however long-term the contracts are on paper. We don’t know whether they will suddenly decide that it isn’t working too well and stop." Ecclestone revealed that he received a call about the Singapore race.
He wanted the race to remain part of the F1 calendar. “Singapore were about to stop. They phoned me and asked me what I thought. I said they should see how it all works out but don’t stop now. I moved it from 18 to 20.
I don’t want to make excuses for myself, but that was at a time [when] we were moving it out of Europe to the rest of the world”.