F1 has lengthy been taking a look at format tweaks to boost the leisure, notably almost about decreasing the usual grand prix format’s three apply classes and as an alternative introduce some type of jeopardy from Friday onwards.
It’s that concept that led to the introduction of sprints and FOM is now evaluating additional tweaks to make Fridays extra thrilling.
Whereas Steiner is one in every of many supporters of the introduction of a devoted qualifying session for dash races to interchange a lame duck Saturday apply beneath parc ferme circumstances, he has cautioned in opposition to “too draconian” adjustments and does not suppose rewarding apply classes with factors or different advantages is a good suggestion.
“Both it is a competitors or a apply, for my part. You can’t say whoever wins apply as a result of then you must make a race out of it,” stated Steiner. “As a result of if there’s something on the finish of it, all people will race for it after which perhaps we dilute the races and what they’re going to do.
“We have to be cautious to not strive now to be too draconian after which change the whole lot. Let’s change little by little, at all times ensure we strive one thing and if it does not work, do not be afraid to do one thing completely different, to not be cussed and caught on it. That’s at all times my thought.
“And that’s how we got here alongside to having this dash weekend as a result of to start with lots of people had been in opposition to it. Now I feel all people is fairly completely happy that now we have received it.
“I feel a standard race weekend we will go away that in the meanwhile what it’s.”
George Russell, Mercedes-AMG
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Mercedes driver and GPDA director George Russell identified that with testing as restricted as it’s, groups want to have the ability to check new objects on the automobile with out worrying about any kind of reward for topping a session.
”I feel [it should be] simply apply to dial within the automobile, to check issues for the longer term,” he stated.
“We clearly don’t have any testing in any respect. I feel one session is nice sufficient for all of us to do the varied issues we have to try to to assist develop.
“That is nonetheless the top of the game and you do not need to be simply left with the automobile that you simply created firstly of the yr with no alternative to check out new issues.
“And that’s kind of the wonder, typically; you’ve got received this 60-minute session, you possibly can strive new issues, develop, enhance additional. Whereas if you happen to’re going straight right into a session that’s points-worthy or there’s a reward, you are much less more likely to trial new issues.”
Further reporting by Alex Kalinauckas