Steiner backs condensed Friday as a part of F1 schedule change
Haas crew principal Guenther Steiner believes Method 1 is true to have a look at condensing the primary two days of a race weekend to permit for extra occasions.
Key conferences befell in Paris final week aimed toward finalizing the 2021 rules that will likely be printed on the finish of the month, and potential race weekend schedule adjustments have been among the many matters mentioned. Whereas groups didn’t unanimously again a trial of qualifying races, the lead proposal for a schedule change includes all apply going down on a Friday afternoon with media and PR on Friday morning – an concept that Steiner is a fan of.
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“The discuss is to only do operating on a Friday afternoon, with all the opposite PR actions going down within the morning. I feel that may be a great way ahead, particularly with an prolonged calendar,” mentioned Steiner.
The plan is borne from Liberty Media’s want so as to add extra races, as evidenced by a file 22 grands prix being schduled for 2020. Nonetheless after Method 1’s Ross Brawn dominated out holding qualifying and the race on the identical day – as was the case in Japan as a result of a hurricane – Steiner agreed that to run each a number of hours aside on a regulr foundation could be asking a number of the groups.
“I feel to do it like this, it made for a really busy Sunday,” he mentioned. “The day flew previous in a short time, you’re all very busy and every part must be performed loads faster. I don’t suppose it had an impact on crew personnel, they simply needed to adapt, and our guys tailored fairly properly. I’d simply say it was an excessive amount of for in the future – having each qualifying and the race on in the future – however in these circumstances, it was the suitable choice. Everyone coped and I feel it was an fascinating race.”
Regardless of such a schedule showing to be off the desk as a everlasting possibility, Romain Grosjean mentioned it labored properly to do each qualifying and the race on the Sunday from a driver’s standpoint.
“I truly loved it rather a lot,” Grosjean mentioned. “Having qualifying and the race on the identical day – sure it was a busy Sunday, but it surely was fairly cool. For me, it was fairly Sunday. I loved the schedule. I assumed it was cool. For the crew, although, it was laborious work having to leap from qualifying debrief straight into the race.”