Just two weeks ago F1 released a provisional calendar for next season that sees a total of 23 races spread through a 36 week period. A record number that includes three triple headers and that is certainly going to be tough on everyone involved.
“If we can stop a little bit earlier in the year it would be good,” commented Haas’ Team Principal Guenther Steiner in a session with written media including MotorLat.
Given the tight schedule it’s going to be difficult for the teams to keep up with the calendar while trying not to make it too hard on their personnel.
“We gave people financial incentives as well because we realise how difficult this is for the guys,” shared Steiner.
New hirings to implement rotations wouldn’t be a suitable solution, not only financially.
“It’s not only the cost cap,” he explained. “You need consistency. The same is with the mechanics of pit stops. Every time you change people you get into difficulties. It’s difficult enough without doing rotations, so we try not to do rotations.”
“Sometimes we bring people out because somebody gets hurt or somebody has got some personal issues.”
2022 is bringing some other changes as well: with the new regulations teams will probably have to run a rookie during at least two FP1 sessions. And for Haas it is very likely that it’s going to be one of the Ferrari’s young drivers.
“At the moment, if that should be written into the regulations, we obviously have to run rookies and I would think it would be Ferrari drivers,” commented Steiner. “I didn’t speak with Ferrari about who they have got next year and if they have got somebody I have no idea, but I would say that would be the first pick.”
No talks yet, but Steiner is confident there will be no trouble finding a driver either way.
“If they have nobody then for sure there are people out there who want to drive the car in an FP1.”