What if the Grand Prix of the top two- and four-wheel motorsport categories were to take place together on the same weekend in the future? Judging by the words of Dorna’s CEO, it would be a great idea.
In fact, according to Carmelo Ezpeleta, the idea of seeing Formula 1 and MotoGP together on the same weekend on the same circuit is an option that he would be evaluating together with Stefano Domenicali. The two sports are in a phase of many experimental solutions with regards to the format in the last two years, after having introduced the sprint races.
The 77-year-old Spaniard thus comments on the possibility of seeing the two categories together on the same circuit one day: “It’s an idea that Stefano Domenicali and I have discussed. At the moment it is not possible. But we won’t stop studying the options to make it possible. We’re thinking about it.” – the Chief Executive Officer at Dorna Sports pointed out.
The Spaniard is aware that this option for the moment is not possible, considering it not feasible. However, he admitted that the union of the two categories is a hypothesis discussed with the CEO of Formula 1, in one of the many ideas that are being evaluated lately to increase the show on the racetracks. Starting this year, MotoGP has also changed the format, introducing sprint races for the first time.
Unlike the sprint races in Formula 1, those on two wheels will take place every weekend on the calendar, reaching a total of 42 races. Many have criticized this decision, considered unsafe and physically exhausting for the pilots. Formula 1, on the other hand, despite being the first to introduce Sprints, has taken a more cautious approach.
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In 2021, in fact, the sprint format was introduced for the first time, i.e. a 100 km mini-race that was held on Saturday, effectively replacing the third free practice session. From this year, however, there will be six sprints, doubling the number as compared to the 2022 Formula 1 season.
Furthermore, in the last few hours, there has been talk of the possibility of seeing a double qualifying session for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku. The intent is to carry out a second session to determine the sprint race grid. This is to understand what changes could be made to the two most important category of motorsport. Meanwhile, Stefano Domenicali and Carmelo Ezpeleta are working to try and combine the two series in the same event.
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