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Mercedes will reorganise team in response to 23-race F1 calendar · RaceFans

In the round-up: Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says the team will be reorganised, with more staff put on rotation, if the 2021 F1 calendar includes 23 races as expected.

What they say

Wolff said some team members will “unfortunately” have to attend every race, but others will not:

I think you need to trust FOM to take the right decisions. Clearly, Formula 1 has always been a big business in the same way it has been great entertainment and trying to find the right balance between oversaturation and exclusivity is the key question they need to ask themselves. We need to rely on their expertise.

Obviously on the income side, we all share the income side, the teams even to a larger degree. The teams also share have the burden of all the logistical costs and the travelling to those various places, and that is substantial.

The toll on all the humans that are part of this travelling circus is getting heavier and heavier every single year with the amount of races that we add. We started with double-headers, and that was not great fun, having people away from their families and then we’ve come to triple-headers and next year we’re having two triple-headers and a bunch of double-headers. So there is no easy solution to that.

I believe that we the teams have to adapt to the situation in a way that we can’t possibly have all the same people travelling to 23 grands prix. There will be a core team that unfortunately needs to do it, but we have to reorganise ourselves back at base in terms of regeneration time for these people in terms of the framework and set-up we can provide to these people to make it in some way cope-able. Because I think that that could be quite difficult physically and mentally.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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