Adam Parr: Number of races can increase 4 August, 2011 Adam Parr keen to extend season to raise revenues Aug.4 (Reuters) Williams chairman Adam Parr has gone against the grain and declared he wants more races on the already packed Formula One calendar. Several teams have said they are uncomfortable with the thought of a record 21 grands prix next year, although Turkey looks set to be dropped to bring the number down to 20, still a logistical and mental challenge for F1 participants.However, Parr thinks shorter event weekends could open up space for other races as the sport continually expands to new markets with a first Indian Grand Prix due in October."I think the number of races can increase a little bit. We might have to look at the format of the weekend but we could do a couple more races," Parr told reporters."There are ways of increasing revenues."All the talk in the paddock at last weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix was about F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone changing his mind and letting Pay TV channel Sky Sports show all the races in the UK from next year with the BBC broadcasting just half. It will be the first time some races are not on free-to-air television in one of the sport’s biggest markets but Parr reckoned the decision was inevitable given the huge costs in F1 and the BBC being forced to cut back on spending. “We understand they will still be doing a full (highlights) broadcast at 6pm which actually for a lot of people is a better time than it is now,” said Parr, who has attempted to reduce F1 costs and is implementing a major personnel revamp at his struggling team. “The fundamental challenge is that Formula One is a very, very expensive show. It is not two blokes with a couple of tennis rackets and a pair of plimsolls all of which was provided free. “If you go to Cirque de Soleil and you see cutting edge performers in an amazing facility constantly updating the show it costs you 100 pounds for a good ticket, or you can go to your local circus with a couple of mangy elephants and a rather droopy clown and it costs you 10 pounds. People are capable of distinguishing.” Tweet Related NewsBottas: We need to be happy as a teamNow Alonso linked with Williams driveWilliams preview Russian Grand PrixWilliams calls for closed cockpits in F1Massa: It will be tough but we can beat FerrariFerrari focus on beating WilliamsWilliams: We knew it was going to be damage limitationWilliams improve rapidly to get back in the huntWilliams: We are in a strong positionWilliams: It was a very difficult day Bec I seem to be having trouble posting replies in some threads, but I’ll try here … Adam Parr was the prime mover behind the sell off of F1 to Sky, so who’s going to take any notice of what that Judas says? http://www.yallaf1.com/ Editor @Bec When you posted some of the links there were some issues which the security on our site did not like. Anyway deleted the links and appears the comments are appearing now…. Butterfly I wouldn’t trust this guy to take out the garbage, much less run an F1 team.