Multi-car qualifying races for the Desert X-Prix event in AlUla have been changed by single-car time trials on the Saturday.
Every driver pairing will full one morning run and one afternoon run and have their common lap time taken to determine the grid for the semi-finals.
The selection of beginning order for these qualification time trials will nonetheless be primarily based on a lottery draw.
The grids for the semi-finals and closing on Sunday have now been capped at three entries in favour of the earlier plan to have the 9 groups compete over one five-car and a four-car run.
That is largely out of concern for security, on account of narrower monitor confines for the five-mile circuit and the elevated ranges of mud kicked up by the automobiles in comparison with the preliminary Saudi recce in January.
Excessive E co-founder Alejandro Agag stated: “After we got here and we examined in January, we type of considered this.
“There was no mud due to the humidity of the night time. The sand was extra humid. The automobiles had been going and no mud was developing. We arrived right here final week: big clouds of mud.
“So, we tweaked the race format. Saturday, one after the other. It should be very cool. Then, races of three automobiles as a substitute of 4 [and five] automobiles.
“It should be high-quality. Really, it’ll look fairly cool. It should seem like Mad Max, all of the automobiles going and the mud behind.”
Alejandro Agag, CEO, Excessive E
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Opponents had been knowledgeable of the alterations to the format by Agag at 1800hrs on Wednesday throughout a drivers’ briefing.
Excessive E had deliberate to undertake three simulation races in preparation for its maiden season, nevertheless they had been all cancelled on account of the pandemic.
Agag added: “’Let’s go have an experiment that prices already like 40 million euros to see the way it works. That is what we’re doing so it is a large threat.”
Agag can also be toying with the thought of getting a shock tv reveal of the beginning drivers.
Groups want solely determine which of their female and male driver will take the race begin 5 minutes forward of the scheduled begin time.
He needs all six drivers entered into the three-car warmth to line up alongside each other. The driving force taking the race begin for every crew will then step ahead on command to disclose themselves.
As a part of this plan, solely Agag will concentrate on the nominated driver. He’ll then test that no groups have made a pre-mediate swap in response to which of their rivals steps ahead.