Grand Prix racing’s chiefs are pushing forward with the concept of experimenting with Saturday dash qualifying at three occasions this season – Silverstone, Monza and Interlagos – in a bid to see if it’s one thing that may change into extra common sooner or later.
Underneath the plans, a standard qualifying session will happen on the Friday of a grand prix weekend, with a 100km qualifying dash on Saturday then deciding the grid for Sunday’s foremost occasion.
The shorter dash is ready to supply a small variety of factors too, with three on provide for the winner, two for second place and one for third.
Most of the particulars for the dash qualifying concept, akin to parc ferme rules and tyre guidelines, have been broadly agreed by groups, with the matter set to place to be put to a proper vote earlier than the beginning of the F1 season in Bahrain later this month.
Nonetheless, one of many last points that wants resolving is the potential monetary penalties that groups might face due to the elevated chance of there being automotive injury by way of having an additional race on a grand prix weekend.
The added likelihood of first lap entrance wing injury or different parts being damaged in different accidents might have monetary penalties over the course of the season if extra new elements are wanted.
Discussions have been held between the groups and F1 chiefs about shifting the dash race plan ahead, however the particulars surrounding probably added prices haven’t but been resolved to everybody’s satisfaction.
It’s understood that an additional cost from FOM to cowl any further sprint-race particular prices has been supplied to groups, with that added revenue added on prime the present price cap restrict.
Nonetheless, sources recommend that some opponents are pushing for the cost to be dramatically greater. Some huge spending outfits have even instructed that the present F1 price cap be elevated by greater than 3 times what’s on provide (as much as an additional $1 million) to cowl the added expense that might come from dash race injury.
Such an concept has not acquired common help, particularly from these groups which might be nicely beneath the price cap restrict so see no profit to it being lifted for his or her larger cash rivals. Additionally they really feel that the $1 million determine is nicely in extra of what’s sensible further expense.
There are additionally considerations that further leeway within the funds cap to the size of $1 million might really find yourself being utilized by larger groups to permit extra spending on efficiency good points reasonably than ever being wanted to pay for automotive injury.
One counter proposal instructed in a current assembly is for groups to be given a selected cost based mostly on precise automotive injury that may be calculated after races – related in some methods to an insurance coverage payout.
This might guarantee issues are fairer for all groups when it comes to injury prices, plus would assure no larger outfits can exploit the funds cap limits.
The shortage of consensus up to now on the prices situation means a vote on the matter may very well be finely poised, particularly with F1 needing an excellent majority of 28 votes out of the 30 on the F1 Fee if it’s to undergo this season.
F1 and governing physique the FIA get 10 votes every, whereas the groups have one vote apiece.
How the vote sways might show to be an attention-grabbing litmus take a look at for the affect of staff partnerships on the F1 grid too, with producer groups probably calling on their clients to again any plan that they like.
Whereas the main points of the monetary matter nonetheless have to be resolved, it seems nearly sure that it’s going to not show to be one thing that stops the trial taking place, so the dash race trial will go forward in a single kind or one other.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, whose staff was beforehand strongly towards the concept of reverse grid races on Saturday, says he help the concept of the trials this 12 months.
“I feel we must always give it a go after which be actually trustworthy to ourselves,” Wolff stated in Bahrain final weekend.
“What was the monetary affect and the affect on the eyeballs that we had been in a position to generate, and what’s the present issue? As Christian [Horner] stated, there are various professionals and cons.
“If all of us stick our heads collectively, then we are able to discover a resolution that’s of mutual profit. F1 is what we do altogether, and we have to entertain the folks.”