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Mercedes evaluate solutions to tiring 21 race schedule // Toto Wolff hopes to ease the burden on his team

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Mercedes evaluate solutions to tiring 21 race schedule
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It’s no secret that the calendar for the 2016 F1 season is considered to be on the long side, and teams are starting to think about how that will affect their processes. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has been talking to Autosport about the potential for a second shift of employees to share the burden.

He said “We just need to be careful with the organisation because with 19 races we’ve seen the mental and physical limits of the team… We’re looking at how we can optimise on travelling, on the jetlag, on rest, maybe having a second shift for the guys who work very hard.”

Wolff does add that you’re not going to be able to swap everyone, because “they are the best ones” but he knows that it gets difficult as the season goes on. July and October look set to be hard months in 2016, with four races in each.

Toto continues: “There is a particularly hard time towards the end of the year with all those long-haul races… I just want to protect the team, protect the individuals, and we need to see what we can do in order to make it most effective, but also workable.”