SPA, Belgium: Formula One’s established weekend structure built around practice sessions, qualifying and a race on Sunday afternoon could be revised and changed to brighten up the show next year, F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn said yesterday.
The former title-winning technical chief at teams including Benetton and Ferrari, as well as his own Brawn F1, said he felt the stability of regulations in 2020 provided a good opportunity to “try some variations” including a change to Friday practice and the introduction of a ‘sprint’ race on the Saturday.
“I’d like to see us try a few things in 2020,” he said.
“I think we’ve got a stable platform in terms of the cars and things are not changing that much so I think ‘20 could be a good opportunity for one or two races to try some variations.”
Brawn told Sky Sports F1 that he wanted to see changes and experiments in pursuit of improving the spectacle and entertainment level at a Grand Prix weekend.
“I don’t see any other way that we logically progress the race format. I think the basic race format is good, but would a sprint race be interesting?
“Or would some changes to qualifying be interesting? I think the teams are up for doing some variations during a Saturday to see if we can find a better solution.”
As new American owners Liberty Media pursue plans to expand the calendar around the world with more races, Brawn indicated he is keen to keep costs controlled by shortening the weekend.
“We want the cars to run on a Friday, but is there a way of shortening the weekend, from an operational point of view, for the teams because they all turn up on a Tuesday, or even a Monday, to get ready?
“If we could restrict that, had a tighter ‘parc ferme’ and controlled the time that a team was at the circuit, then we could shorten the operational weekend for them and turn it into a three-day weekend.”