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F1 Sprint: Martin Brundle’s view on the British GP trial format and how drivers will approach the challenge
July 15, 2021
The Sky Sports activities F1 group clarify what and when to observe reside with us from Silverstone on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the British GP.
It is the British Grand Prix… with a distinction.
After years of talks in System 1 about shaking up the established race format so as to add extra variables into an occasion, F1 Dash makes its debut on Saturday afternoon as a part of a new-look weekend schedule.
The trial format deliberate for 3 races in 2021, with Silverstone being the primary, sits in the course of this weekend with Qualifying on Friday night and the Grand Prix, as ever, the showpiece occasion on Sunday afternoon.
Sky Sports activities F1’s Martin Brundle, who has raced in and commentated on quite a few codecs throughout his profession in F1 and wider motorsport, explains why he believes the game is true to check the water on one thing new…
An ‘appointment to view’ weekend
Qualifying strikes to Friday at 6pm with the outcomes of the standard three-part knockout system setting the grid for the brand-new F1 Dash.
That Saturday afternoon occasion, beginning at 4.30pm, will characteristic 17 laps of Silverstone, with factors on supply to the highest three finishers and no obligatory pit stops. The complete ending outcomes set the beginning grid for the race. Then it is onto the standard 52-lap British Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon from 3pm.
“I’m enthusiastic about it as making an attempt an idea like that is one thing I’ve talked about for a very long time.
“It energises Friday, Saturday and Sunday and makes the entire weekend appointment to view.
“The groups have gotten a lot knowledge and simulations, the driver-in-the-loop simulators, wind tunnels, and they also flip as much as races with vehicles with set-ups which are fairly near what they want them to be.
“However on this format, if it is raining on Friday for first observe, for instance, and they do not get any common working, we go straight into qualifying just a few hours later. I fairly just like the jeopardy of that.
‘Fears’ please, it’s the theatre of velocity coming proper up this weekend. A lot to speak about. Full crowd and Dash Qualifying too. 😎 https://t.co/7qtIaEPiZ5
— Martin Brundle (@MBrundleF1) July 13, 2021
“The one-hour observe classes for this 12 months have already energised the spectacle. I do know the groups and the engineers are excited about knowledge, however we simply need to see the vehicles on monitor. Something that does that and forces them to show up and ship on a Friday immediately.
“So let’s give it a strive. Get them on the monitor and let the vehicles race. Who would not like a standing begin, a mad rush to the primary nook, after which battles by the opening laps? So why not attempt to kind the grid up that method?
“I’ve all the time thought there ought to be three several types of race weekend. For instance, one thing just like the ‘Dash’ weekend, the ‘Basic’ weekend or the ‘Avenue Circuit’ weekend. Codecs simple to know and digest.
“I do not suppose this dash format will are available at each race in future as clearly you could not do it at Monaco and locations like that. However Spa, Monza and all these venues with actually large crowds, why not give them one thing else too.”
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Why F1’s reside trial is worth it
Though the addition of the Saturday occasion is a transparent break with custom, F1 has definitely not been immune from tweaking its format over time. Qualifying underwent virtually yearly modifications within the mid-2000s, after which briefly once more 5 years in the past, earlier than creating the present profitable and standard format.
However this weekend would be the first time there are successfully two days of racing, with Saturday dash adopted by Sunday race. However F1 have additionally made clear it is a reside trial and so they’ll be able to react with obligatory modifications for future earlier than giving the inexperienced gentle to any extra in depth roll-out for 2022.
“The present knockout qualifying system works extraordinarily properly and that is as a result of someone has been daring sufficient to alter it earlier than.
“I bear in mind commentating with Murray Walker on the previous 12-lap, one-hour format and generally we did not see a automotive for 45 minutes. It might be just like the referee blowing the whistle to begin England vs Italy and no person being excited about kicking a ball for the primary half. It was simply ridiculous.
“Then we had a single lap system the place they had been all generally making an attempt to go slowly to get a greater slot within the working order. Drivers additionally needed to carry their race beginning gas, which skewed all the pieces.
“At first of 2016 we briefly had elimination qualifying however that was a really flawed idea. I feel all of us checked out that and took about 20 minutes to work out it was flawed and wasn’t going to work. That was fixing one thing that wasn’t damaged so far as I used to be involved as a result of qualifying works in its present format.
“We have ended up now with what I feel is a extremely good qualifying system that folks appear to more and more get pleasure from. In order that’ll nonetheless set the grid at Silverstone for the dash after which we’ll have the jeopardy of what follows on Saturday forward of Sunday’s race.
“Okay, pole place within the file books for this weekend will go to the driving force who wins the dash somewhat than the quickest in qualifying, however I bear in mind Nick Heidfeld being on pole on the Nurburgring however then pitting a lot sooner than anybody within the race as a result of he had certified on decrease beginning gas, for instance.
“We generally noticed uncommon ends in the single-lap techniques, or we have had folks getting fortunate with climate up to now, so there has all the time been one thing that may combine up the statistics of who’s on pole. So I am not too anxious about that.
“Basically I am proper up for giving this a strive. As Ross Brawn has clearly mentioned, if this format simply would not work they’re going to simply swap it off. Nevertheless it will also be fine-tuned to work if required.”
Martin Brundle speaks at Silverstone, the place he was testing a Jaguar E-type with son Alex, in regards to the large subjects of the second in System 1 forward of the British GP
How will the drivers method the Saturday dash?
Sunday standing restarts apart, drivers will expertise the novelty of two totally different ‘lights out’ begins from the Silverstone grid this weekend.
However how will they method the Saturday dash, figuring out that whereas some factors and better grid positions for Sunday are on supply, there’s additionally the chance of great setback to their weekend too in the event that they conflict with one other automotive going wheel-to-wheel or make a mistake and crash out?
“I feel there’s some concern that drivers would possibly simply take it simple and take it cautiously, however I feel when the lights exit and the adrenaline is pumping they will need to attempt to maximise the chance.
“Little doubt the engineers may have shaped some form of crafty plan, as they love structured, data-driven options. They reside by the info and we reside by the racing, so I am hoping the drivers will go like hell.
“Drivers desperately need fourth place on the grid as an alternative of fifth usually so why would not they need fourth place within the dash as an alternative of fifth?
“Look how arduous they go trying to find that additional one level for the quickest lap within the race. They threat a pit cease to fly across the monitor on one other set of tyres to get one extra level. So the three-two-one factors system within the dash for the highest three positions is sufficient of a juicy incentive with out it being a elementary impression on the championship.
“Clearly, our worst-case state of affairs can be someone profitable the world championship on a Saturday afternoon, however I do not see these occasions being close to the top of the season. Personally, I might use it extra at locations like Paul Ricard the place we are inclined to have fairly uninteresting races. However then the 2022 vehicles have been designed to repair that from what we’re advised.
“I can perceive why the highest groups are much less enthusiastic as a result of it will probably solely be an issue for them if you concentrate on it. If they’ll do their regular three classes of testing by observe, go into qualy and begin on the entrance and disappear into the gap, why would they need the jeopardy of one other begin and the potential of wheel-banging or shedding a entrance wing? They love certainty.
“However I do imagine that grid place, the factors on supply and simply the honour and aggressive spirit of all people will make drivers and groups go for it.”
The brand new-look British GP weekend
Date and present
Sky F1 On Air
Friday, July 16
Saturday, July 17
Sunday, July 18
The British GP
Silverstone’s sell-out crowd to witness historical past
With the British GP venue having been given the inexperienced gentle to run this weekend’s occasion at capability, and the circuit confirming a sell-out crowd, F1’s new format will run in entrance of an enormous reside trackside viewers on the house of British motorsport along with the hundreds of thousands tuned in across the globe on TV.
“Silverstone is without doubt one of the few tracks the place you get most crowds throughout the entire occasion and so it is the plain place to begin this new format, actually.
“It should be appointment to view. Qualifying is at 6pm on Friday night so folks might be considering let’s watch qualifying, then let’s watch the dash on Saturday afternoon, after which we’re into the race on Sunday.
“Offered you have nonetheless acquired my automotive seller’s golden rule in place about by no means complicated your buyer. As confused clients do not buy, they step away.
“You don’t need followers probably not understanding how we’ve got acquired this far as we progress by the weekend, however I do not suppose it is going to be complicated aside from maybe the tyre allocation.
“I feel there’s a concern that Apply Two on a Saturday might be a bit lacklustre as a result of qualifying has occurred by then, so you will have a little bit of race working. However in these one-hour classes this 12 months it has simply been wall-to-wall F1 vehicles on the monitor so I do not know why that may be an entire lot totally different.”