Whereas discussions between groups and collection bosses about an overhaul of the dash format for subsequent yr are ongoing, FOM has finalised the placement of the six occasions that may happen subsequent season.
Whereas Austria, Circuit of the Americas, Brazil and Qatar already featured on this season’s dash schedule, two of the occasions have been swapped out.
Baku and Spa will revert to a standard grand prix timetable this yr, whereas the Chinese language Grand Prix on 21 April and the Miami GP on 5 Might will change them in internet hosting their first dash occasions.
It’s understood the choice to go for China and Miami was prompted by them being one of the best choices for the start part of the marketing campaign.
With Bahrain and Saudi Arabia dominated out for being too early within the season, some consideration was given for a dash in Australia however the timezone distinction meant observe motion wouldn’t happen at an appropriate time for European audiences.
As a substitute, China and Miami each supply good overtaking alternatives which make them first rate choices for the early season sprints.
Talking earlier this yr, Miami GP president Tyler Epp stated his occasion was not actively chasing a dash, however was blissful to undertake it if F1 felt it might work.
“We’re at all times within the dash race,” he stated. “However I will even let you know that quali is actually useful for us, proper? Like we see loads of worth within the qualification expertise in F1.
“I feel there is a tonne of our followers which have given us nice suggestions about conventional qualifying. However we’re right here to help [F1] and if we’ve got a possibility to host a dash race in some unspecified time in the future, we welcome that. But it surely’s not one thing we’re actively pursuing.”
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Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing RB15, leads Pierre Gasly, Crimson Bull Racing RB15
F1 groups are set to be given proposals a couple of revamp of the dash format in January, as efforts are ongoing to finalise potential rule adjustments.
It’s thought extraordinarily probably that the present dash weekend timetable shall be overhauled. Which means dash qualifying returning to Friday afternoons, with Saturdays then that includes qualifying for the grand prix in addition to the dash race.
One chance is that the dash race may happen early on Saturday, with qualifying following later within the day. Nevertheless, such an concept has introduced some scepticism from groups concerning the implications of accident harm within the dash risking a much bigger affect on qualifying for the primary race.
Different concepts being mentioned are a revamp of the parc ferme guidelines, amid a widespread feeling that groups get locked in too early to automotive settings on a dash weekend.
Moreover, analysis is being performed about utilizing a reverse grid format for the dash race – both for all the subject or the highest ten based mostly on dash qualifying.
Nevertheless, F1 would want to discover a option to encourage drivers to ship their finest in qualifying somewhat than intentionally going gradual to safe pole for the dash.