In 2019, Liberty Media unveiled a plan to make Formula 1 carbon neutral by 2030. Making the calendar more efficient could help, as it drastically reduces the movement of staff and materials. An added benefit is that as a result, the sport and teams have lower costs and are less harassed by the currently constrained capacity in the transportation world.
Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali presented the plan to the team bosses on Saturday in Barcelona over a usual coffee moment. The Italian hasn’t gone into details but Shanghai could reportedly be placed in a group with Baku and Suzuka provided the coronavirus situation in China allows an F1 visit to the country again.
Some races in the same region have been put together for years – think Austin and Mexico – but it could certainly be done more efficiently. For example, this year F1 raced in Italy on April 24, moved to Miami (May 8), returned to Europe to host races in Spain (May 22), Monaco (May 29) and Azerbaijan (May 12). June) to then travel to North America again for the Canadian Grand Prix (June 19). The Montreal meeting is followed by a series of European races.
One option is to merge Miami and Montreal. The same could apply to the Middle East races, with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia earlier in the year (as they have been this season) and Qatar and Abu Dhabi at the end.