Is F1’s newest dash race format a change price making?

Components 1 plans to introduce a brand new model of its dash race format for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix this weekend.

It follows F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali’s feedback earlier this 12 months about his need to chop the quantity of apply classes to at least one per weekend, and guarantee each different time the automobiles seem on monitor they’ve one thing to compete for. The revised dash format strikes nearer in direction of that concept.

As a substitute of utilizing a Friday qualifying session to set the grid for Saturday’s dash race, Friday would resolve the grand prix grid. A second spherical of qualifying on Saturday, changing the second apply session, would set the dash race grid.

Does the newest revision to the format appear to be an enchancment to you? Would you somewhat stick to the unique dash schedule – or a return to the common race weekend?

Be part of on this weekend’s debate under.

New dash format

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The present dash format has been criticised for a lot of causes, two of which these modifications would deal with.

The contradiction of utilizing the Saturday dash race to resolve the grand prix grid, but referring to the quickest driver in Friday qualifying because the pole-winner, can be resolved. The second apply session, which has at all times appeared a pointless affair below the unique dash format, would get replaced by a extra aggressive qualifying format giving drivers extra to battle for.

Unique dash format

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That is the format which was deliberate earlier than the season started. Altering it after the groups have already designed their automobiles and made their preparations might benefit some opponents over others.

As they’ve had so little pre-season testing, the additional apply time provided by the conventional dash weekend will probably be helpful.

Common grand prix format

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The dash race format is an experiment F1 ought to drop as an alternative of persisting with. It creates inconsistency by various the format from weekend to weekend. It devalues the significance of the grand prix and can make it attainable later within the 12 months for the world championship to be determined exterior of the primary occasion. And the races are typically processional as drivers know they’ve an extended race with way more factors obtainable nonetheless to come back.

I say

My best objection to the dash race format has at all times been the inconsistency of getting a special format from one weekend to the following. It displays poorly on the game that these protecting it continuously have to clarify arbitrary guidelines modifications.

The brand new proposal does appear to be an enchancment over the present one, however so far as I’m involved that’s the definition of damning with faint reward. Having an additional race on a Saturday diminishes what makes a grand prix particular. Dash races are little greater than filler content material.

Furthermore, it appears unprofessional for F1 to begin messing round with its sporting rules for no good causes solely a month after the season has begun. May it not have sorted this throughout its lengthy winter break?

Nonetheless, if change there should be, I’d leap on the probability to chuck the dash races for good. Then, maybe as soon as these working the present have given up on fidgeting with the format they will get round to producing the nearer competitors and higher racing which had been promised for therefore lengthy, and about which they’ve been curiously quiet of late.

You say

Would you introduce the brand new dash format, stick to the present one or drop dash races fully? Solid your vote under and have your say within the feedback.

Which race format would you most wish to see on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

  • No opinion (0%)
  • One other format (13%)
  • Commonplace grand prix format (58%)
  • Unique dash race format (0%)
  • New dash race format (29%)

Complete Voters: 45

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