All F1 groups again plan to vary dash format for Azerbaijan GP – Vasseur

Adjustments to System 1’s dash race format are more likely to go forward for the subsequent spherical of the championship in Azerbaijan as all groups are behind the plan, in response to Ferrari crew principal Frederic Vasseur.

Six of this 12 months’s F1 rounds will characteristic the extra dash races, which had been launched three years in the past. The Baku Metropolis Circuit is because of maintain this 12 months’s first dash occasion on the finish of this month, however plans are afoot to change the format once more.

Dash race occasions already characteristic two apply periods as an alternative of the same old three, as the additional race takes up one of many apply slots. F1 intends to scale back that to a single hour for the primary dash occasion in Azerbaijan, turning second apply right into a devoted qualifying session for the dash race later that afternoon. This may imply Friday’s qualifying session units the beginning order for Sunday’s grand prix.

The precise particulars of the plan are but to be introduced, together with the format of the additional qualifying session. Nonetheless Vasseur says the scheme enjoys the help of F1’s groups.

Race start, Baku Street Circuit, 2022Race start, Baku Street Circuit, 2022Baku will maintain a dash race for the primary time“For as soon as I feel all of the groups had been aligned,” he instructed media together with RaceFans. “It’s not fairly often that it’s the case, [so] we now have to leap on it.”

Changing one other apply session with qualifying makes the format “extra dynamic”, stated Vasseur. “You may focus on about why you needed to do it so late, however on the finish of the day, I feel that we’re all aligned that we now have to push for it.”

One criticism of the dash format following its introduction in 2021 was the dearth of curiosity in Saturday’s apply session, as a consequence of qualifying having already taken place by that stage within the weekend and the groups having finalised their automobile set-ups. Vasseur stated he likes the proposed new format.

“I’m not a giant fan of the of the same old FP2. Typically it’s a bit boring, not for us as a result of we now have numerous knowledge, however I can think about for the spectators, even for you should you don’t know in regards to the stage of gasoline, the engine mode and so that you’ve, it’s a bit boring.

“To attempt to have one thing extra dynamic in the course of the weekends is an efficient resolution. After which, then again, I feel it’s additionally it’s true that should you watch soccer, you aren’t watching the session on Wednesday when they’re coaching within the stadium. We’re most likely the one sport the place we’re placing on TV the coaching session.”

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