While his BMW Sauber crew may not agree with him, Nick Heidfeld has revealed that he would look forward to contesting more races in a Formula One season than the 19 planned for next season.
Current agreements would limit the schedule to 20 rounds, but there have frequently been talks that, should testing be reduced, the number of races could be increased beyond that - something that would no doubt help Bernie Ecclestone satisfy the number of countries hoping to be included on the F1 bandwagon.
The 2009 campaign expands to 19 rounds with the addition of Abu Dhabi, while India and Korea are poised to be added in 2010, although it is not yet known whether they will replace under-fire events or expand the schedule. The mid-season 'break' that has allowed teams an extra weekend off during August in recent seasons looks likely to become a thing of the past next year, but Heidfeld insists that he would be happy to take in as many grands prix as are offered.
"I'm looking forward to having more races as is planned for the future, and I wouldn't mind missing one or two tests," he told the BMW Sauber website, "Actually, the tests have been reduced quite a lot over the last two or three years, but I hope we have more races because there is not one that I don't like."
With Malaysia, Bahrain and China having been added to the schedule in the past ten years, Formula One has already taken on a more cosmopolitan appearance, and Heidfeld is already anticipating the latest additions.
"I'm looking forward to going to India and the other interesting new places currently being discussed," the 31-year old commented as he begins his preparations for the first of this
year's new races, the European Grand Prix on the streets of Valencia.
With Singapore still to come in 2008, the F1 calendar continues to expand, but Heidfeld laments the loss of one event to have dropped off the schedule in recent years.
"I think it's a pity that we don't race in America any more because, for me, Formula One - being a world championship - should race everywhere in the world," he opined, "But I think there's a good chance we will go to the States in the future."
The inaugural European Grand Prix on the streets of Valencia restarts the F1 season after the summer break on the weekend of 24 August, while the first visit to Singapore, where the top flight will race both on another new street circuit and
under floodlights, precedes the regular visit to China and Japan towards the tail-end of the season.