Ferrari sporting director Massimo Rivola says that the 2014 calendar will cause problems for the teams – and he still expects it to drop from 22 to 20 races.
Like many F1 insiders, Rivola stressed that the triple header of Monaco, New Jersey and Canada is a logistical nightmare.
“To be honest, I’m still hoping we come back to the 20 races as per the current sporting regulation,” said Rivola said. “We will see. At the moment the calendar is not the best calendar possible in terms of logistics. Even the first race in Australia, alone, is not ideal. From the logistics side, I would prefer to stop and do a race in a back-to-back coming back from Australia. For sure, there are some good commercial reasons behind this that I am not aware of, but we will see. When the calendar is 100 percent fixed we will manage it.”
Regarding the Monaco-New Jersey trip, he said: “I can say that even for a top team it’s something almost impossible, to be honest, to be done. But as I said, we will see the real calendar and then we figure it out.”
Meanwhile, Sauber team manager Beat Zehnder said: “Technically, it will be very difficult to have a back-to-back from Monaco to Jersey, because normally the freight will leave for Canada, let’s say, on the Saturday before the race. And so that’s why, if you’re only able to send your freight on a Monday or a Tuesday, it compromises your weekend quite a bit.”Ferrari, Formula 1, Sauber, Schedule