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Stefano Domenicali: 24 races 'optimal number' for F1 calendar

Formula 1 chief Stefano Domenicali has defended the sport's ambitious 24-race calendar and addressed speculation about introducing more sprint events.

Domenicali voiced his view in an attempt to counter criticisms from several drivers, including reigning world champion Max Verstappen.

The record-breaking 24-race calendar for 2024 has sparked concerns among drivers, with Verstappen voicing apprehensions about the escalating demands placed on teams and personnel. 

Rumours circulating about Domenicali's desire to incorporate additional sprint races have further fueled the debate surrounding F1's packed schedule.

Despite the pushback, F1 is on track to maintain a 24-race calendar for both 2024 and 2025, signaling a steadfast commitment to expanding the global reach and appeal of the sport.

Verstappen, a vocal opponent of introducing more sprint rounds, remains steadfast in his stance against further calendar extensions, citing potential strains on teams and logistical challenges as key concerns.

"I'd be careful not to overdo it," he said in China.

"I suppose it boosts the TV ratings, but it adds more stress to the mechanics so let's not start thinking that we should do sprints on half of the GPs on the calendar, otherwise it'll cause mayhem.

"I think 24 is an optimal number with the events that we have so far.

"The good news of this year, I took as a sort of responsibility from the teams and to the promoters, to everyone, to announce the calendar much earlier than normally we do in order for everyone to be ready.

"And of course, has been another step in the direction or try to, we are regionalising the calendar. We cannot do it completely, but I think that we did the right step, so, very happy for that."

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