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Friday sessions reduced to 60 minutes

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30/12/2020

Yet to be officially confirmed, the 2021 sporting regulations see Friday practice sessions reduced from 90 minutes to one hour.

With some teams, but the majority race promoters, having made clear their opposition to plans to reduce race weekends to just two days of track action, it would appear that fans will still see less of the cars on track this year.

Article 32.1 of the 2021 sporting regulations state that: “Two free practice sessions (P1 and P2), each lasting one hour and separated by at least two and a half hours, will take place on the second day of the Event".

Furthermore, another change states that P3, while still lasting 60 minutes, must start "no less than nineteen (19) hours after the end of P2", where as previously its was eighteen sand a half hours.

While the changes have yet to be confirmed by the FIA and F1 it is believed they will get the green light as many feel the Friday sessions are currently too long.

Should all go according to plan this year's 23-race schedule is the busiest in the sport's history, though the location of the event due to take place on 25 April has yet to be confirmed.

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1. Posted by TSGoodchild, 02/01/2021 0:53

"Doesn't go far enough. The Imola format last season was perfect. Scrap Friday in its entirety and turn in into a media/fans day for those at the track. 60 mins on Saturday morning and straight into Qualifying would be excellent at all races. I'd bring back a Sunday morning practice and allow teams to hone their cars better for the race however. Friday is utterly pointless. "

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2. Posted by kenji, 31/12/2020 11:19

"I would certainly like to see the economic rationalisation behind this decision because it can only be economic after considering the logistics."

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3. Posted by nnails, 31/12/2020 6:44

"Tyres only last 20minutes and they have to limit engine mileage . So it still won't be worth paying to watch
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4. Posted by elsiebc, 31/12/2020 1:52

""You promoters don't want a two day weekend because you'd lose Friday ticket sales? Try selling your Friday tickets now!"
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5. Posted by Steve W, 31/12/2020 1:38

"I'm sure the Pay TV and App prices will be adjusted accordingly... "

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6. Posted by Lakota, 30/12/2020 18:16

"Keep giving the fans less. A sure way to lose them ."

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