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F1 sets a limit: 24 races to remain the maximum after 2025

F1 sets a limit: 24 races to remain the maximum after 2025
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Stefano Domenicali has indicated that Formula 1 is not considering increasing the number of races per year beyond the packed 24-race agenda.

Stefano Domenicali has indicated that Formula 1 is not considering increasing the number of races per year beyond the packed 24-race agenda.

Last year marked the inaugural occurrence of the sport achieving this staggering total, and now, the FIA together with F1 have officially announced another 24-event itinerary for 2025.

To ease the burden on the personnel who travel with the sport, next year's races have been organised more thoughtfully. The official statement from the sport highlighted that the calendar now has a "better geographical flow".

April will see the Suzuka race positioned after the events in Melbourne and China. This will be succeeded by a sequence of predominantly European races during the summer months, moving on to the Americas in Autumn, and wrapping up with Qatar and Abu Dhabi at the end of the season.

FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem remarked, "While our focus is on the overall stability of Formula 1, we also have a shared duty to the environment and to the health and well-being of travelling staff."

Despite these statements, there are speculations that F1 is planning to extend the calendar further in 2026 and beyond, with the existing Concorde Agreement reportedly accommodating up to a maximum of 25 races.

When questioned by Formula 1 legend Jean Alesi about the paddock's consensus that 24 races are feasibly the upper limit for the sport, Domenicali responded on French broadcaster Canal Plus, "Just think that in certain years, we had problems doing seventeen grands prix - and today we are doing 24!"

"I do think 24 is the right number, compared to the interest that Formula 1 has at a global level. But technically, we could do 25. However, I think 24 is the right number."

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