...By Gift BADEWO for TDPel Media.
Formula 1 Legend Gerhard Berger Thinks There Are Too Many Races in the United States
Formula One is a global sport that draws millions of fans from all over the world.
However, one of its legends, Gerhard Berger, believes that there are too many races in the United States.
With a record 24 races in the 2023 campaign, three of them will be held in the United States.
The Miami Grand Prix on May 7 will be the first, followed by the US Grand Prix on October 22 and then the penultimate race of the championship in Las Vegas on November 18.
Berger’s Issues with Too Many Races in the US
Berger has yet to become enamored with any of the races held Stateside.
He expressed his displeasure with having too many races in the US, saying, “Less is more, there’s too many in the USA.
“Vegas is too glitzy for me. Maybe I am old-fashioned, but I want to go to Spa, Monza, Budapest.
“I even want to go to Monaco, but now that isn’t even glitzy anymore compared to what’s going on here.”
F1 Sustainability Rules and Logistics
F1 teams cover up to 82,642 miles per season, making the extra US races scattered throughout the calendar go against the F1 sustainability rules that aim to achieve ultra-efficient and low/zero carbon logistics and travel by 2030.
Berger believes that with the amount of gear and race cars that are transported, it’s very difficult to follow these rules.
More Races in the US?
F1 President Stefano Domenicali recently refused to rule out the possibility of having even more races in the US, as well as some in East Asia and Africa.
He said, “There is a lot of interest in far East Asia, more interest in the US. But in this moment, we have three [US races] which I think is the right number for the next couple of years.
“The most important thing is that every Grand Prix has to be different in terms of personality – we want to have the city living the event, that’s the magic of Formula 1.”