This weekend’s British Grand Prix pays host to F1’s first dash occasion, with a 100km race on Saturday deciding the grid for Sunday’s primary occasion.
F1 chiefs are assured that the shake as much as the weekend timetable will show successful with followers, and pave the best way for it to have a look at internet hosting round six dash occasions from 2022.
But Ross Brawn, F1’s managing director of motorsport, says that grand prix bosses will solely proceed with the concept if it really works for many who comply with the championship.
He is aware that conventional followers might not be in favour of the brand new format, and he’s conscious that if the dash format doesn’t enchantment to a wider viewers then there will likely be no level on pursuing it.
“We will never force this through if it is clearly not a success,” he mentioned. “There’s no incentive in doing it if the viewers do not interact, if we do not see a powerful engagement from the followers, and we do not see the advantages.
“I feel one of many nice issues about what’s taking place is that it’s three races, it isn’t the season. In the previous, F1 has at all times struggled with the truth that when it is made an adjustment, it is made it theoretically for the season.
“We all bear in mind the [elimination] qualifying fiasco, just a few years in the past, which fortunately type of obtained corrected partway by the season. I feel that was one that everyone forecast was going to be a battle, and it turned out to be.
“So this is three events where we’re going to trial this format. And if it’s not a success, if we don’t get the response we hope, then we’ll put our hands up and then we’ll stay where we are and we’ll look at other initiatives.”
If F1 does elect to proceed with the dash thought for 2022, then it should face a tough selection in choosing the right venues.
However, Brawn says that F1 is not going to merely ‘sell out’ by providing the dash format to the very best bidders, as that will danger them being hosted at venues which may not be greatest for the followers.
“I think in any organisation you have people at each end of the scale,” he mentioned. “We have our business folks beating the business drum, and we’ve got our racing folks beating the racing drum.
“So it will likely be as much as Stefano [Domenicali] and myself, and one or two others, to make a suggestion of who ought to be the first candidates, and the groups may have a say in that as effectively. But it will likely be a mix.
“I hope we are able to get the business profit from all of the venues that we go to, as a result of then that will likely be a stronger argument for the groups to wish to do it.
“So I do not suppose we are going to promote out on this, as a result of it must be a hit. If we go to circuits the place it would not work and it would not supply any general profit, then we all know it should have a brief life.
“I think we need to make sure we go to circuits where we can demonstrate the value of this and the excitement and success of it, and then we’ll go from there.”