F1 In the Future: More Races Looks Assured & New Teams Possible

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA - MARCH 27: Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and Monaco during the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on March 27, 2022 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali has announced Las Vegas and Africa could both hold Grand Prix races in the future. The former Ferrari team principal has also indicated the annual race calendar – set for 23 races in 2022 – may grow dramatically.

As early as next year Las Vegas, could stage a race. The gambling capital of the world held four Formula 1 races during the early 1980s. Caesars Palace Casino parking-lot was the venue. It was unpopular with the teams.

Potential for 30 Races?

“I think there is potential to go to 24 races,” said Domenicali talking to Sky Sports Martin Brundle. “I would say there is potential to go to 30! In terms of the interest, we see all around the world.”

“It is up to us to try to find the right balance considering what are the venues which would like to be in F1, what are the historical values we need to see on the calendar.”

A Grand Prix on the African continent would leave Antarctica as the only landmass not staging at least one Formula 1 contest! South Africa’s Kyalami circuit was the last African circuit to host Formula 1. It last raced in 1993.

Andretti to Return?

Domenicali also touched on the potential of new teams joining Formula 1. Michael Andretti, son of the legendary Mario Andretti, and a highly successful racer in American has expressed more than an interest in entering a team into the sport.

Andretti has previous experience in Formula 1. In 1993 he was Ayrton Senna’s teammate at McLaren. The season was disappointing for both him and McLaren and he left the team before completing the season,

“There’s not only Michael Andretti,” said Domenicali. “He is maybe the most vocal one, but we have more than four or five requests to consider an extra team to be a part of Formula 1.”

After the first two races of the new 2022 season, it looks like being a 2-horse race between Red Bull and Ferrari for the Constructors Championship with 1 win apiece. Mercedes have aerodynamic problems and are currently struggling down the pack.

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