This weekend’s GP at Silverstone would be the first in F1 historical past that contains a 100km dash race on the Saturday to determine the grid for Sunday’s most important occasion.
But the arrival of the dash race has had wider implications for your complete weekend timetable, with there now being a lot much less apply time for groups to hone their race set-ups.
There will now simply be a single apply session earlier than a daily qualifying session on Friday night to determine the grid for the dash race.
Ferrari workforce principal Mattia Binotto thinks that, with the extra complication of a brand new rear tyre building being launched, there’s potential for lots of engineering complications.
“We have got a new tyre specification at Silverstone, which we tested in Austria, but most of the teams need to have some more experience on it,” he defined.
“There shall be little or no time for it as a result of it is solely the Friday morning [practice session] earlier than going into qualifying – so you might be actually going straight into qualifying with the brand new spec.
“It’s a brand new format, there’s little or no expertise as a result of it’s parc ferme from Friday afternoon onwards, and that’s actually thrilling. It may very well be thrilling.
“I think there may be some mess because set-ups will not be optimised thanks to a lack of experiences on the tyres, so I think it can be a great race weekend in that respect.”
F1 has been clear that one of the important thing causes for the dash race concept was to make the entire weekend extra thrilling for followers, fairly than it simply being about spicing up Saturday afternoon.
Ross Brawn, who’s F1’s managing director of motorsport, mentioned: “It’s not simply concerning the dash. We have qualifying now on a Friday afternoon. And so we’ve got a premier occasion on Friday, we’ve got one other major occasion on a Saturday after which we’ve got the principle occasion on Sunday.
“It’s all about creating extra engagement for the entire weekend, and having an occasion on a Saturday, which is new, and it is completely different.
“None of us know 100 percent how it will be accepted and how it will be received, or how it will develop.”