F1 risks working its people to breaking point

F1 risks working its people to breaking point

With more races than ever before, a plethora of long-haul flyaways and restrictions on operational staff numbers, Edd Straw argues that Formula 1 teams are stretching the endurance of their personnel to the limit

Nestled unobtrusively in last week's FIA World Motor Sport Council press release was a rule tweak that few reported on. Those who did, understandably, mentioned it only in passing. Yet it tackles a problem in contemporary Formula 1 that's starting to have some serious consequences.

It's something that's very easy to make light of. But in a sport rightly obsessed with safety, this problem is having a tangible negative effect on those working for teams – to the point where F1 is stretched to breaking point.

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