On the Ferrari facet, whether or not it’s the drivers or the staff supervisor, everybody appears to be heading in the similar path relating to the proposal to introduce dash races on sure Grand Prix weekends this 12 months in F1.
Discussions proceed on the prospect of organizing “sprint” races on Saturday in three occasions. [Monza, Montréal et Interlagos] throughout the new season. The idea gained what has been described as “broad support” at an F1 Commission assembly held just a few days in the past, with a ultimate resolution anticipated earlier than the begin of the new season at the finish of this month of March.
These dash races that F1 needs to check this 12 months can be scheduled for Saturday afternoon. The weekend program would then consist of a single 60-minute free follow session on Friday morning, adopted, just a few hours later, by a qualifying session which might then decide the beginning grid for the dash race on Saturday after- noon.
Thus, the ultimate outcome of the dash race on Saturday (1 hour max) would decide the beginning grid for the essential race on Sunday afternoon (a full Grand Prix).
Introducing dash races may have unintended penalties, so groups wished their athletic managers to contemplate potential pitfalls earlier than absolutely committing to the idea.
Asked final week on the topic throughout the presentation of the staff, the director of the Scuderia, Mattia Binotto, in addition to his two drivers, have been very excited by the proposal.
” We are very engaged in discussions with F1 and the FIA. We suppose that altering to extra spectacular races and, presumably, to unpredictable races, can be nice… ” mentioned Mattia Binotto, director of Scuderia Ferrari.
” This change [les courses sprint] will somehow achieve the goals I just mentioned. “
” Discussions are ongoing, but at the moment it looks promising to get a good result, but I still think we need to look at all the details – the details will make the difference in this regard. “
“The teamwork should proceed and, we hope that we are going to discover a good resolution. “
Charles Leclerc was equally optimistic about the dash races, however the Monegasque insisted that the worth of Sunday’s essential race shouldn’t be diminished.
“From a pilot’s level of view, I feel it is fairly attention-grabbing. “ Leclerc mentioned.
“I feel it must be tried at the very least after which we have now to determine how it will work with the level allocation. “
“But I feel the most vital factor is the essential race and that the worth of this race shouldn’t be diminishing. I feel that is the essential level from my facet. “
“But it could possibly be actually attention-grabbing to strive it out, or at the very least have shorter races the place we are able to assault extra. So sure, I can be joyful to strive it. “
Leclerc’s new teammate, Spaniard Carlos Sainz, has mentioned 2021 seems like the greatest time to check the format on a racing weekend.
“I feel till we strive it, we’ll by no means know. It’s one of these issues the place so long as you did not do it for the first time, you may by no means know precisely the way it goes. ” Sainz mentioned.
“If there’s a 12 months when we have now to strive it, it is 2021. With what is going to occur [la nouvelle réglementation en 2022], I feel this can be a good alternative to do this type of factor and see the way it goes. “