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Lewis Hamilton unsure F1 needs Vietnam added to bloated calendar

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Lewis Hamilton is unsure whether or not the addition of the Vietnam Grand Prix is critical in a Formula One calendar already standing at 21 races.

This week Formula One confirmed the town of Hanoi will host Vietnam’s first grand prix in 2020. Although the dimensions of that yr’s calendar is at the moment unconfirmed, F1 hopes the season will embody a avenue race in Miami after the deliberate 2019 version was postponed. Dutch media this week additionally reported deal for a race at Zandvoort has moved nearer to actuality.

While Hamilton didn’t touch upon the race itself, the newly-crowned five-time world champion was fast to level out his opinion that the F1 race schedule is rising within the incorrect course.

“It already feels like we are on race 25 this year, so I don’t think that’s a good thing personally,” he mentioned.

When requested if he had a really perfect restrict in his thoughts, he mentioned: “Not actually. I feel 18 was in all probability one of the best again within the day.

“I am somebody who actually loves racing however the season is lengthy. It’s a whole lot of dedication for all of us and a whole lot of time away from households and the seasons are getting longer and the off time is getting shorter. All I can communicate is for myself.

“The turnaround is so short, you start preparing for your next season often as soon as the season is done. Getting your mind turned. That’s very difficult. Then you have to find a way of switching off and recovering at the same time. It’s most likely I’m not going to be here when it gets to 25 that’s for sure.”

F1’s draft calendar for subsequent yr doesn’t embody any new races, though it’s set for the newest end to a season since 1963 — the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will happen within the first week of December. Teams have already raised considerations in regards to the packed calendar this yr, with the unprecedented triple-header of races mid-way by the yr of France-Austria-Great Britain proving to be unpopular with groups due to the logistical issues it created.

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