This season was the most action-packed in recent memory. Due to the COVID pandemic, 15 races were jam-packed into a five-month calendar. Not only that, but it also saw a return of historic F1 tracks such as Imola and Turkey.
While some tracks produced enthralling races, others produced quite boring ones. Thus, fans are calling for a permanent change to the calendar in the future.
Which races could be under threat next season because they flopped this year?
Spanish Grand Prix
While there is nothing wrong with the overall design of this track, it had limited on-track action this season, which has been the trend for a few years now.
Fans may have to look all the way back to 2016 to recall the last time they saw an adventure at this track – when Verstappen won his maiden race, courtesy of the Hamilton-Rosberg first collision. Since this provides the perfect environment for winter testing, it will not be scrapped from the F1 calendar. So, fans have to swallow this race weekend like a bitter pill.
Russian Grand Prix
Yet again, the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton emerged victoriously. However, there was not much action anywhere else either. Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff attributes it to the various run-off areas that this circuit has. This does not punish the mistakes of a driver in the way a gravel trap might.
“I disagree with the direction that we have taken with racing on oversized supermarket car parks.
“It takes the factor of the driver and his skill away,” Wolff said.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Similar to Sochi, this is a relatively new track design. The overtaking element, especially in modern cars, is virtually non-existent. Though the season-finale at the Yas Marina Circuit was a fresh change of scenery with Red Bull taking the win, the overall racing spectacle was more about tire management than close wheel-to-wheel combats.
What can the FIA do to improve these F1 races next season?
It does not look like the FIA will remove these races from the calendar, as these races provide them with much-needed revenue; however, revamping them might be an option. Maybe run a reverse race at Abu Dhabi next time? Or maybe have a gravel trap in Sochi?
Whatever they might choose to do, they have to act swiftly or risk losing the viewership of their loyal fans.