F1 will debut its new dash weekend format on the British Grand Prix, introducing a 100km race on Saturday afternoon rather than qualifying.
The format shake-up sees qualifying transfer to Friday night, with the outcome setting the grid for the 17-lap race on Saturday.
The results of the dash race will set the grid for the grand prix on Sunday. The winner will formally rating ‘pole place’ for the occasion, whereas the highest three will obtain factors on a Three-2-1 scale.
The principles surrounding dash races have been signed off by the World Motor Sport Council earlier this week, with Masi confirming in Austria that they might be handing out penalties and coping with on-track incidents in precisely the identical method as a standard grand prix.
“If we discover an incident that two drivers are concerned in, within the grand prix right here, we are able to apply a grid penalty for the following grand prix,” Masi mentioned.
“So grid penalties and time penalties, for driving infringements and so forth, these penalties shall be utilized.
“The remainder of the laws relating to energy models and so forth, which is topic to approval from the F1 Fee and the FIA World Motor Sport Council later this week, however they are going to be utilized otherwise and centered on the race.
“However issues that have an effect on your grid beginning place will, from the angle of a driving infringement or something like that, shall be utilized both as a grid or a time penalty on the time.”
Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing RB16B, and Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, put together to steer the sector away in the beginning
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The dash races are deliberate to final round 30 minutes, however Masi confirmed that there can be a most general time carried out ought to there be a pink flag, just like how the rule capabilities in grands prix.
“The one factor that has actually modified in that capability is the length,” Masi mentioned.
“So it’s clearly the dash is a notional 30 minutes in length, and the utmost time is both 60 or 90 minutes – I can not bear in mind off the highest of my head.
“However successfully there may be the buffer that has been added into that ought to we’ve got a suspension that’s deemed vital.”
Silverstone will maintain the primary of three dash races deliberate in F1 this yr as a part of a trial that might see the format be expanded sooner or later relying on its success.
Masi felt it was essential for all the groups and drivers to have “a totally open thoughts” in approaching the races, in case loopholes or incidents come up that will immediate future rule tweaks.
“After the primary occasion, let’s fortunately assessment internally and see what did work, what did not work, and different areas that have to be refined,” Masi mentioned.
“With everybody concerned, it’s one thing new for all of us, significantly in an F1 capability.
“The laws historically have been structured in a really particular format and method round a grand prix happening with out a dash qualifying space occurring.
“So everybody’s fairly open and has mentioned that all of us simply have to work collectively and see what pops up, something that we’ve not thought of as a lot as everybody has learn them inside out at the moment.”