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F1 bosses looking to "streamline" race weekends

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02/04/2019

Speaking to Sky Sports at the weekend, F1 managing director Ross Brawn admitted that the sport's powers-that-be are looking to streamline race weekends.

"There are some things in the next year or two that we will do," he said.

"We are working on a qualifying format which is similar to what we have now," he continued, "you'll get elimination and still have the top cars fighting for the top places, but you get more action, so we have an hour of intense action."

It's understood the format under consideration would see qualifying run in four phases as opposed to the current three, with four drivers eliminated at the end of Q1, Q2 and Q3, thereby leaving 8 drivers to battle for pole in Q4.

It's a format previously revealed by the late Charlie Whiting.

"It's more something that's come from F1," he said, last year. "They've been doing a lot of research among fans, and they feel this is one of the things that the fans would like.

"Slightly shorter, slightly shorter time between them, four go out in Q1, four, four, leaving eight. I personally think it's quite a nice idea, but that's not my decision."

"We are looking at how we streamline the weekend for teams but not in terms of track action," said Brawn. "We want to have two or more three races per season, but we think we can do that by not overstressing the teams by trying to refine their weekends.

"To give you an example, there is a curfew, a limit on the hours teams can work on Friday night and Saturday night but not a Thursday, so they all work all night on Thursday to get ready.

"We are trying to crank it up a bit more," he continued. "We need to improve the way we operate. At present crates come in at all times of the day full of new parts... we can stop that. We can say the car that turns up is the car they race.

"It saves all that freight, all that work that is done over a race weekend."

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1. Posted by TokyoAussie, 03/04/2019 4:25

"Are this lot truly brain dead? Changing the number of qualifying sessions from 3 to 4 will guarantee that cars only get 1 run per session on some tracks. That means less action.

I truly wish that Liberty (and FOM before it) would stop tinkering with shit that does not matter and deal with the real issues. Starting with the return of the live timing app, as imperfect as it was."

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2. Posted by GarH, 02/04/2019 17:19

"There's an aura that surrounds Ross Brawn. He's the man who changed the fortunes of Ferrari, who built an unbeatable car that took both championships in it's first and only season. For some time Brawn has been saying he could make F1 more competitive, every driver would be in with a chance of winning. He only needed a couple of years without the likes of Bernie interfering with his plans.

Well, he's had a couple of years and I'm thinking it wasn't an aura at all, it was just a funny smell."

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3. Posted by Ro, 02/04/2019 13:41

"What a load of absolute cobblers! Hows that old saying go?

IF IT WORKS, DONT FIX IT

What a bunch of numpties!"

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