It is understood that the British, Italian and Brazilian Grand Prix weekends will function Dash Qualifying races to determine Sunday’s grids.
Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport experiences that the races – that are understood to be round thirty minutes in size – will likely be generally known as Dash Qualifying and can see factors awarded for the primary three finishers on a 3, 2 1 foundation.
“The vital factor is to protect the Grand Prix,” F1 MD, Ross Brawn advised Sky Sports activities, having met with drivers, Stefano Domenicali and the FIA’s race director, Michael Masi in Bahrain.
“We wish the winner of the Grand Prix to return away from these weekends nonetheless being the strongest and most profitable competitor of that weekend,” he added. “However we wish to fill out the weekend and we wish to give the followers one thing extra substantial to have a look at and observe on a Friday, one thing attention-grabbing on a Saturday too.
“So in addition to the Dash Qualifying we’ll have the traditional qualifying on a Friday,” he revealed. “You qualify to get your place in Dash Qualifying and the Dash Qualifying (end result) will take you ahead to the race. So actually we’ve a a lot fuller weekend and that is what we wish to discover.
“We wish this chance to strive it at three races this yr,” he admitted. “If it would not work then we’ll put our fingers up and we’ll go away and we’ll give it some thought once more.
“However I am fairly optimistic about it. I believe in the event you take the view of the entire weekend it is acquired loads going for it.”
Weirdly, F1 had beforehand sought to scale back race weekend to two-day occasions, a transfer that proved unpopular with race promoters (understandably) and group bosses.
Nonetheless, if qualifying – arguably for a lot of probably the most thrilling a part of the weekend – now takes place on Friday, this will likely be impacted by decreased viewing figures on account of followers being at work, faculty or just having different issues to do, ought to, as has been prompt, the session takes place within the night.
Moreover, there’s the priority that, very like Sunday’s race, the primary pace-setters will nonetheless come out on prime, dominating qualifying, the dash race (Dash Qualifying) and once more on Sunday.