Much has changed in more than seven decades of Formula One history. One thing remained almost untouched: the racing format
Even the first Grand Prix 1950 in Silverstone was completed over a distance of more than 300 kilometers, which is still practiced to this day. But since the advent of Liberty Media, there seems to be no more sacred cows in the royal class. The race format is also up for debate when it comes to a major reform in the season 2021.
To hear again and again: the proposal to run two races on one weekend and to start the second with a reverse grid. Daniel Ricciardo would like it: “I have experienced it several times. It’s fun,”the Australian recalls the new series,”but that would not be the formula 1 that everyone is used to, so I would be careful.”
Vettel likes the current format
Conservative shows Sebastian Vettel, who likes the current format:”I thought it was wrong to shake it. It has been in shape for a long time and has good reasons.”Boring races to cover up by simply making them shorter, the Ferrari star considers eye-washing.
He considers the relatively long race dance as a challenge because it is physically and mentally demanding, call over 90 minutes and more best performance. Vettel argues: “If we take a sprint now, it is a completely different sport, a different discipline so to speak.”
But Ricciardo holds against it. Unlike many colleagues, he wants less training time. The Australian has a qualifying and a race scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays, similar to the DTM. This would mean: less pointless laps, but more serious racing.”
“Less pointless laps, more serious racing”
His future teammate Nico Hullkenberg has more in mind changes to the technical rules than the racing format.” We all want more racing, more bike-to-bike duels and more competitions over several curves. However, aerodynamics has become dominant,”he says, demanding that cars and tyres be less susceptible to air turbulence during the dense rear-wheel drive at the same rate of performance.
Vettel also uses the electric additional energy on biscuits in the fifth year after the introduction of the hybrid formula. He longs for a return of the V12 engines: “doubling the number of cylinders, taking out the batteries”, he answers the question of possible approaches to reform. We may need one to start the car, but it is usually enough.”
Sergio Perez has something else in mind: the distribution of money. The Mexican, whose Force India team recently had to declare bankruptcy, wants a more controversial formula 1: “We are talking about a two-class society, middle class and top. It should be narrower, so that everyone has a chance at platforms or wins. That would make formula 1 even bigger.”