When the World Motor Sport Council confirmed on Friday a schedule for 2014 that incorporates two further races than has previously been the case over the course of a year, you could sense the collective shakes of the head from team members across the sport.
Over the seasons team principals have decried the steady rise in the number of grands prix, remarking that 18, 19, 20 is too much, that it puts too much of a strain on human resources.
Not that their voice has ever been heard, and why should it because the teams are merely the puppets at the end of strings being pulled by Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone and the sport's commercial rights holders, private equity firm CVC.
Whichever venue is on the calendar on whatever date, the teams simply turn up, race, job done, and, naturally, the greater the number of grands prix, the greater the revenue stream.
For instance, the three additional events next season - compared to the 19 for the current campaign - are likely to yield in the region of £45million to £75million in race fees alone.
Of course, no one truly believes there will be 20, that Ecclestone is hedging his bets and that one or two will fall by the wayside by the time the official calendar is announced in early December.
The favourite to fail to make the cut is the Grand Prix of America in New Jersey, with the Port Imperial track running along the banks of the Hudson River, and with Manhattan serving as a backdrop.
Promoter Leo Hindery Jnr failed last year to turn the race, that has long been the dream of Ecclestone, into a reality due to financing issues.
Given a second chance, Hindery insists his event will be there next year, but the sceptics refuse to believe and the knives are waiting to be drawn.
Perhaps the most telling point is the race has been sandwiched in between Monaco and Canada, offering up a never-before-seen triple header and logistical nightmare for the teams.
Next up for the axe is Korea, a country that potentially could be staging its final race this weekend in the far-flung outpost that is Mokpo.
The grand design to build a race track and an infrastructure around it has without doubt abysmally failed with regard to the latter part of the plan.
The empty grandstands, as will be strikingly evident over the course of the three days, will bear witness to the fact the race has run out of steam, not that it had much to begin with.
Like New Jersey, it is listed as 'provisional' next season, despite the fact it has a contract through to 2016.
That is because promoter Won-Hwa Park is attempting to negotiate a more favourable race-fee rate with Ecclestone, with his chances in the balance as he only rates as "50-50" the odds the event will go ahead next season.
And then there is Mexico City, the third 'provisional' grand prix as a major upgrade is required to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez to ensure it complies with F1's current safety standards.
At least the circuit and infrastructure are in place, and there is a huge appetite for F1 to return given the country last hosted a race in 1992.
So what if New Jersey does stun all in F1 and actually goes ahead; Korea renegotiates better terms and Mexico serves up a track to be proud of, and there are actually 22 races?
The drivers will love it as it is a case of the more races the better as far as they are concerned because they will simply be doing what they love and are highly paid for - racing.
But for the staff and mechanics, particularly those with wives and children, a 22-race calendar is brutally hard, mentally, physically and on their home life.
There could be a price to be paid for the desire to push F1 to all four corners, but it is not a story you are likely to hear about.