With 23 races occuring this year as part of the F1 calendar, the pressure has been on the F1 bosses to reduce the amount of commitments the drivers have outside of the cockpit and now they’ve released a change to the media calendar which essentially returns 24 days to the drivers over the year.
Traditionally Thursdays have been media day however the 2022 sporting regulations state that media activities will be for a “maximum duration of two hours, finishing no later than one hour and 30 minutes prior to the start of P1” which will mean drivers will be prepping to get in the car rather than a hotel room during the press conferences.
One of the biggest shake ups of the calendar occurs in Monaco where the usual Wednesday media day, Thursday practice, Friday down time, Saturday, Sunday as usual becomes a Friday to Sunday race as per the rest of the calendar.
The original idea was that due to the public holiday on the Thursday of the race weekend meant that closing down the muncipialties roads were easier for the first free practice. The track was then opened on Friday for the general public to drive.
No timing has been released yet on what the changes will mean for the Friday practice sessions, or the Saturday sessions which is when the “team representatives” media sessions will now be held.