FIA president Jean Todt has given his backing to a proposal to test ‘qualifying races’ at a limited number of rounds in the 2020 F1 season.
“It’s part of discussions how to make the sport better, how to make the sport more attractive, always trying to find new ideas,” said Todt. “And it is true among the new ideas is a possibility of having a race on Saturday with a different starting order that will generate order for the race on Sunday.
“I would say it’s a work in process and no decision has yet been taken. But I think it’s an interesting initiative to see what other opportunities we could have to [promote] motorsport and more particularly Formula 1.”
The plan would be a departure from the practice of using a qualifying session to decide the grid order. However McLaren team principle Andreas Seidl said the proposal is only at an early stage.
“I would say it’s just ideas at the moment,” he said when asked by RaceFans. “I think it’s still far away from an implementation or having more details in terms of how that would actually look like.
“From our side as McLaren in principle we are open for that discussion. I think we should also be open, everyone in this paddock here, to look if there’s something we should try without destroying the basic DNA of Formula 1. And that’s pretty much where we are right now.
“I think with the meetings we had [before Singapore] in Geneva and also between the team principles with Chase we are in the final stages, the closing stages of putting everything now on paper in terms of regulations. There’s I think one more Technical Working Group and then one more Strategy Working Group with the team principals and then we are done. So I can’t wait to see the final issue of the regulations.”
Advert | Become a RaceFans supporter and
2020 F1 season
- Bottas vs Rosberg: Hamilton’s Mercedes team mates compared after 78 races each
- F1 revenues fell by $877 million in Covid-struck 2020 season
- Hamilton and Mercedes finally announce new deal for 2021 season
- F1 audience figures “strong” in 2020 despite dip in television viewers
- 2020 F1 driver rankings #1: Lewis Hamilton