Reports that the Formula 1 World Championship could go over 20 events in the future should be treated with a certain amount of caution. While the Formula One group has a deal with the FIA that allows for a maximum of 25 races a year this was primarily a negotiating ploy that allowed the FIA to see the possibility of additional fees for each race. There are legal contracts in place between the Formula One group and all the signatory teams that mean that team consent is required if the number of races is to exceed 20, although there are believed to be clauses that allow for “extra events” if certain stipulations are met regarding the costs and the benefits. To get all the teams to agree to more races at a time when so many of them are struggling is going to be difficult. It is fair to say that the teams are already stretched in terms of logistics and to do more races would require very considerable extra cost, as they would need to employ more people and overlapping crews. There are, quite simply, limits to what individuals can do. Already most teams report that the turnover of staff is much higher than it used to be because of the stresses and strains of travel and many people do only a few years and then return to a more normal life.
There is, as a result, very considerable resistance to the idea of more races because the expense of doing more is by no means certain to be covered by the prize money gained. Sponsors are currently not interested in paying more and thus it is doubtful that the expansion that Bernie Ecclestone seeks will become a reality. It is not just the teams that need to be taken into consideration but also the TV companies, as they too have heavy costs as a result of all the transportation.
The fact that this is being proposed is not primarily because it serves F1 to have more events, but rather because it drives higher profits, which the owners wish to do as they try to find a buyer willing to pay the price they want for the rights holding company.