Perez Raises Alarm Over Zombie-Like Sightings in Abu Dhabi

Sergio Perez, a Red Bull Racing driver, believes that the current Formula 1 season, with its record 24 Grand Prix weekends, has reached the maximum sustainable limit for both drivers and team members, citing the exhaustive demands of the sport and the need for potential reduction in the number of races.

Highlights

– ‣ Formula 1’s season now includes 24 races, marking the highest number of Grand Prix weekends in its history, indicating a significant demand on drivers and team members.
– ‣ Sergio Perez, a Red Bull Racing driver, believes that the current number of races represents the maximum sustainable limit for participants, emphasizing the extensive commitment required beyond just racing, including simulator preparation and sponsorship obligations.
– ‣ The intense schedule has led to concerns over the well-being of those involved in F1, with Perez noting the physical and mental toll it takes on the team, likening the end-of-season fatigue to seeing “a lot of zombies.”
– ‣ The decision on the number of races is ultimately up to the FIA and Formula One Management, but drivers like Perez are advocating for a reconsideration of the schedule to potentially reduce the number of races to alleviate the strain on all involved.


Formula 1 has hit the Aussie shores. It’s only race three, but boy, have we clocked some miles. From the Middle East and now down under, the journey’s been wild. And guess what? This season’s breaking records with a whopping 24 races. Drivers and their crews? They’re in for a marathon.

Sergio Perez, the guy in the Red Bull Racing suit, reckons we’ve hit the ceiling. “Yep, it’s maxed out,” he spilled to GPblog and others. “Not just for us behind the wheel. It’s a stretch for everyone in the pit and beyond.” He’s feeling the crunch, and honestly, it’s a lot.

### ‘Formula 1 demands everything from drivers and team members’

Perez dives deeper, you know. Driving’s just the tip of the iceberg. “There’s sim prep, post-race sims, and don’t get me started on sponsor gigs,” he says. It’s a grind. Not just for the drivers. The mechanics? They’re on a never-ending loop, hitting the ground running every Tuesday. “Might be a tad too much,” he muses.

He’s got a point. Keeping this pace? It’s ambitious. “Maybe this should be our cap. Or heck, dial it back a notch,” Perez suggests. Last year, the zombie walk in Abu Dhabi post-Vegas was a sight. “Let’s see how this year unfolds. I’m not overthinking it, though.”

But who calls the shots on the race count? Enter the FIA and Formula One Management. That’s the battleground for drivers like Perez. “We’re on it, trying to make our case. It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” he adds, hopeful yet realistic.

So, there you have it. F1’s not just about the speed on the track. It’s a test of endurance, patience, and a whole lot of jet lag. Will the powers that be listen? Time, and perhaps a few more zombie walks, will tell.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez is a senior writer at F1Highlights.com. With a passion for motorsports, Albert brings a unique perspective to the world of Formula One. With over five years of experience as a sports reporter, he has honed his skills in capturing the essence of the sport.

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