Recently the newly appointed CEO of Liberty Media Stefano Domenicali said that Formula 1 needed new formats to organize the new seasons’ Grands Prix. This one seems too old, and not fitting in the new settings anymore, so the organizers started to look for other solutions.
In 2020 the most valuable option was the reverse grid, just like in minor categories. A second look excluded it completely, though, as it was too complicated and not very reliable or useful for the teams, so Domenicali just cut it out.
The new option for Formula 1’s Grands Prix is taken from minor categories as well. Liberty Media is valuating to add Sprint Races to the race format, instead of qualifying. This could be an interesting idea in order to give the Circus a fresher look, but it needs to be tested. That’s why Liberty Media proposed to add three extra races in the 2021 calendar to test the new format. By now they are talking about Canada, Monza and Brazil but before it can be taken for certain, this version has to be voted on Thursday.
Sprint races would take place on Sunday, after a qualifying on Friday and it would be shorter than the main event of course.
However, Liberty Media and FIA should take care of this possibility very carefully. They have to be clear if these races would add points that would be valuable for the final Championship or if they will look more like Abu Dhabi post-seasonal tests. In addition to that, when and where would they race?
We are only talking about ideas and suggestions, though. It’s time to see how F1 organizers will vote on Thursday and see if the plan will be more detailed until then, in order to allow the voters to calculate properly whether it’s the case to trial in 2021 or not.