Formula 1 - Calendar expansion no worry - McLaren

Formula 1's expansion to a 22-round calendar will not pose a significant headache for teams, according to McLaren sporting director Sam Michael.

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While Michael admits teams could be forced to draw upon additional support personnel - particularly for a potential triple-header of Monaco, New Jersey and Canada - he says adapting to the new schedule will not prove too taxing.

Asked by AUTOSPORT if he was concerned about F1's possible record 22 events next year, Michael told a Vodafone phone-in: "I guess anything is possible; we just need to adapt if that is what is required.

"We can do a double-header, so once you've done that you can do a triple-header in terms of logistics and moving freight.

"So equipment wise you can be covered, but equipment and planes don't get tired; people do.

"It means you have to perhaps consider a support crew who would come and set up at a grand prix.

"At the moment you can use your race crew to do a lot of the set-up of garages and things. If you get into triple headers you may have to use a handful of people to go out and set up a structure before the race team arrives.

"You may eventually get to the point where you have separate crews, to crew or even engineer the cars, but I'm not sure we're quite at that point yet."

And while team bosses have previously warned that F1 is 'reaching a limit on what we can subject our people to',

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