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F1 targets dash race factors overhaul for 2022

Though a last dash qualifying trial is ready to happen at this month’s Brazilian Grand Prix, F1 chiefs have already seen sufficient to be satisfied that the format is a giant hit with nearly all of followers to be carried ahead.

Whereas a last determination concerning the 2022 plans might be made together with groups and the FIA over the winter, F1 proprietor Liberty Media is engaged on its imaginative and prescient for what it thinks ought to change subsequent 12 months.

F1 managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn has reiterated that six occasions is the goal for 2022, with each race promoter having expressed an curiosity in holding one subsequent 12 months.

A last determination on which races will get awarded a dash weekend has not been made, however they’re more likely to be unfold evenly all through the marketing campaign.

Regardless of latest ideas of sprints changing into standalone occasions, doubtlessly with reverse grids, Brawn has made it clear that there’ll as an alternative solely be an evolution of the dash guidelines for 2022.

With uncertainty concerning the influence that F1’s new 2022 automobiles will convey, he thinks it smart that it waits to see how issues pan out subsequent 12 months earlier than altering the dash system an excessive amount of.

Nevertheless, he says there are key tweaks that might be put to groups, together with a change of factors system, the awarding of pole place and the identify of the dash.

Talking to chose media on Monday, Brawn mentioned: “We have in precept agreed with the groups that we’ll look in direction of six occasions for subsequent 12 months. There may be quite a bit to get sorted earlier than then, and our view is that we must always take some progressive steps for subsequent 12 months however not radical steps.

“And that is partly as a result of we now have the brand new automotive coming alongside, and everybody must calm down with the brand new automotive coming.

“We have to see the influence of the automotive. So we have been comparatively conservative and evolutionary for 2022. However we’re constructive concerning the idea and very happy that F1 has been courageous sufficient to strive another idea at three races to see the way it works.”

Sparks trail from Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02 after damage on the opening lap

Sparks path from Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02 after harm on the opening lap

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Brawn says that whereas F1 is not going to seriously change the dash format, there are some key revisions being checked out, with essentially the most vital being the factors on supply.

“There is no doubt that we’re discussing with the groups how Saturday might be made a bit more difficult, a bit extra participating,” he defined.

“I am very optimistic that the brand new automobiles will assist, due to their means to race one another. And what’s in dialogue is how can we make the rewards for a Saturday higher, so there’s far more incentive to race on a Saturday when it comes to factors.

“I believe most likely reverse grids and so forth, I might be fairly excited by that I need to say. However I believe it might be maybe a step too far. However there’s just a few issues that are on the desk for dialogue.

“The pole place on a Friday: it has clearly not been well-liked not having a pole place for Friday. In order that’s on the agenda.

“The naming of the [sprint qualifying] occasion, as all of us name it a race: if it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck…. The naming of the occasion is one thing we need to tidy up.

“After which maybe the factors distribution for a Saturday may make it more difficult and alluring for drivers to race.”

Whereas F1 solely awards factors for the highest three dash finishers (Three-2-1) in the intervening time, Brawn says that the system may change for it to supply as a lot as a 3rd of the present system used for races.

This might imply the race winner getting between eight and 10, with factors then being supplied maybe as far down as the highest 10.

“Personally we proposed one thing round a 3rd of the factors that you simply get in a race for the dash,” he mentioned.

“That was the preliminary proposal, which was not taken up as a result of the sensation was that we have to see how the dash capabilities first earlier than we allotted the factors. So we predict that would be the start line for the dialogue.

“It is vital sufficient to be value going for and it goes far sufficient down that individuals in decrease positions nonetheless need to combat for it. However it’s not of a quantity that has over-influence on the championship.

“It can have an affect on the championship, it will need to have and that is what we wish, however not an extreme quantity.”

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, and Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing RB16B, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, and Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Picture by: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images

Brawn says he has few complaints about the best way the dash spectacle has performed out to date, with occasions hosted to date at Silverstone and Monza.

And though the Saturday dash occasion itself has not produced a substantial amount of leisure, it’s the wider influence that the format has on enhancing Friday motion and the race that has left Brawn glad.

Requested by Autosport if he felt a boring Saturday was a priority contemplating the influence elsewhere on the weekend, Brawn mentioned: “Personally I believe it’s a worth value paying if Saturday shouldn’t be a type of crash and bang occasion. I am undecided it is ever going to be.

“I believe the general weekend has improved a lot that we might go together with that.”

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