Formula One teams will have some much-needed time off from the racetrack this April as the sport takes a break between the Melbourne triple-header and the next race in Azerbaijan. This pause in racing comes with the unfortunate cancellation of the Shanghai round due to the continuing tightening of Covid-19 restrictions.
The gaps in racing will provide welcome relief for the teams and their drivers. The time off will give them a chance to rest, get ready for the next race, and to tweak or repair equipment that was damaged in the previous race. Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso highlighted their desire to keep racing as a way to either sustain their momentum or make up for setbacks, which could spell issues for their teams after the break.
In a season that is set to have a record 23 races, the break provides a much-needed respite for those who have been grinding away on the track or in the pits. Guenther Steiner of the Haas team has instructed his team to take it easy and they can be grateful for the respite from the relentless schedule. The teams will also use the break to work on upgrades to existing equipment and make sure they’ll be more prepared for the more physically taxing races like in Baku and Interlagos later in the year.
Besides the break, Formula One is looking into further changes to the sprint weekend format and having a standalone race on Saturdays. Formul One CEO Stefano Domenicali wants to make sure that the sport remains more exciting and dynamic, so fans will have to stay tuned.
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