Ahead of a planned major overhaul of F1’s rules coming for 2021, Formula One owners Liberty Media want to evaluate different ideas – including Saturday qualifying races – at a number of grands prix next season to see if they could be introduced permanently.
Formula One Managing Director of Motorsports and technical director Ross Brawn believes that the only way the sport could ensure that changes would be better would be to try them out during the next season.
“I would like to see us in 2020 try a few things,” Ross Brawn recently told Sky. “I think in 2020 we have a stable platform with the cars and things aren’t changing that much, and I think 2020 could be a good opportunity at one or two races to try some variations. I don’t see any other way that we logically progress the race format. I think the basic race format is good, but would a sprint race be interesting or some variation in qualifying be interesting?”
According to the Italian daily newspaper dedicated to coverage of various sports ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’, Scuderia Ferrari confirmed that all Formula 1 teams including Ferrari agreed for a mini race in qualifying on Saturday that will determine the grid for the Sunday race: “All teams have said yes, including us. So in 2020 it will be done.” – Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto is quoted as saying.