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McLaren director thinks teams can cope with 2014 calendar

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McLaren sporting director Sam Michael has insisted that Formula 1 teams would have all the tools to be able to cope with a 22-race season in 2014.

The FIA released a proposed calendar for next year at a World Motor Sport Council meeting last week, which included three provisional races in New Jersey, Mexico and Korea that could take the total to an all-time high.

Should the New Jersey race get the go ahead, not only will the sport have a circuit overlooking New York City, but they will have a grand prix for three consecutive weeks from May 25 into June.

But, regardless of the challenge, Michael was adamant that teams would have the resources to accommodate such a change.

He insisted: “Anything is possible. Obviously we can do a double-header, so once you've done that, you can also do a triple-header can't you when it comes to all the logistics.

“Equipment-wise you can be covered as long as you've got enough sets to leapfrog each other. However, equipment and planes and things don't get tired, people do.

“So it means that you have to perhaps consider the support crew that come and setup at a grand prix, perhaps they won't always necessarily be the same people.

“You may eventually get to a point where you have separate crews that actually crew the cars or even engineer the cars," he added. 

The three provisional races on the calendar will be subject to the respective circuits being granted approval by the FIA.

New Jersey will have to build their track based on the specific Formula 1 requirements in time for the race, Mexico need to upgrade their circuit which lasted hosted a grand prix in 1992 while Korea have to secure a commercial deal.

But Michael says finance will not be an issue for the teams regardless of what is announced in the unveiling of the final calendar in December.

He said: "I think that the cost of using people from McLaren - they're not necessarily additional employees - would be marginal compared to the income of additional Grands Prix.

"F1 is about achieving things that are not normally possible, and this is far from the worst challenge we have had."

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