F1 » Whitmarsh: We can’t go above 20 races

Martin Whitmarsh says it would be too much for F1 teams if there were more than 20 races in a season

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JONO JONES - Unregistered

November 01, 2011 2:11 PM

If there is going to be an increase in the number of races then there will have to be a number of changes as well. The current engine ruling will obviously have to be revised for one. All of these rules and regulations were implemented to cut down on expenses we were told now it seems that something else is happening which will put more money in Bernie's pockets. Let the teams go back to unrestricted testing and the racing is sure to improve and cut back on the number of races which will prevent the workers from possible burn out.

Piston Head - Unregistered

November 01, 2011 2:43 PM
Last Edited 1640 days ago

20 races is already more than enough.As it is now the championship is over whats the point. Having been involved in Can am cars at one stage I can only sympathize with the work load the mechanics and engineers have to contend with .

Caroline - Unregistered

November 01, 2011 3:35 PM


The money doesn't go into Bernie's pocket, he's paid a salary just like Whitmarsh is, he earn about USD15 million last year, the increased sanctioning fees from extra races is split 50/50 between CVC and the teams.

The maximum number of races according to the Concorde agreement is 17, up to 20 and the teams receive more money and travel allowances, over 20 and the receive a higher % of F1's profits.


Yes you can't trust Whitmarsh or Parr.


November 01, 2011 4:57 PM

Not very long ago I remember Withmarsh saying that there was no way according to the concord agreement that F1 would go to pay TV and within twenty four hours it did (concord and all) he said how good it will be for the sports.
The answer to the above (his statement/comment) “remember that this is his speciality in which he have a pedigree in hypocrisy” he will come out and say, how good it will be for the sports as long as more money will be forthcoming.

tm - Unregistered

November 01, 2011 5:05 PM

I think indeed with so many races, the work/family balance is getting a bit skewed. I think most of these guys are very passionate about what they do, and will do what it takes. The home front will put up with it, but only to a point. At some point people will be asking themselves what is more important to them.

Rotating pit crews could be a solution, but not while there are budget caps on staffing. It seems that the powers that be want to cut cost and budget, while at the same time stretching the limits of human will and endurance to the breaking point in a quest to make more money.

And in the end, the money is not what matters to the persons doing the work.


November 01, 2011 6:19 PM
Last Edited 1640 days ago

@Piston Head,
Bernie was given F1 for nothing then sold it to CVC for Billions. He and his doughters get an income from the shares (~15%) they have in Delta Topco (owners of F1) on top of the 15M fees.
If Delta Topco makes 1.2billion a year Bernie+girls get ~180 MILLION/YEAR. Not to mention income from other investments outside F1.

Caroline - Unregistered

November 01, 2011 7:18 PM

@Piston Head

From selling the F1 commercial rights to the Kirch Group and the banks for USD 2.5 billion, the money went to Slec, then mostly transferred to the Bambino trust which Bernie has zero control over.

Bambino hold 8.5% of the commercial rights, but Bernie can't touch that money.

If you want to know exactly how much CVC paid for their 63.4% of F1, it was GBP 1,038,818,380.

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