With the calendar announced, the focus of Liberty Media is now at work to districate the potential double sword of having 2 events so close one weekend after other: while it is an opportunity for both sponsors, partners, organizers and teams to save a season which can be regarded one of the toughest of all time; but if the second race on the same circuit will be run with the same setup, tyres and data collected seven days before, what could avoid a photocopy of the classement?
Ross Brawn proposed earlier in the pandemic spread the reverse qualifying grid for the second race, obtaining a solid refusal from Toto Wolff Mercedes' boss:
Toto was quite frank in the meeting. 'We're in what we think is the best competitive position, we're chasing seven world championship, why would I give up that opportunity I have? Because this proposal will put me in a far more difficult position'. And I understood that and respected it. I wish that he would have taken a bigger view, but he didn't.
The main aspects to take into account is making sure that teams won't leave Friday's track empty for having enough data already collected and available: there's the need of having always some cars lapping around and avoiding a situation already experienced back some years ago in qualifying; some teams were reluctant to get into Q2 or Q3 for saving an extra 4 wheels available for race.
Finding a solution that won't upset teams, even a light one but necessary to engage fans is still work in progress:
We're kicking it around at the moment. It's possible there will be nothing, but if we can do something just to liven up that second race, it will be a good thing
Changing the tyre compounds available for the second race could be such a solution feasible and working?