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Domenicali wants more F1 sprint events in 2022 after “overwhelmingly positive feedback”

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Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali says the sport’s third sprint event will be held in Brazil this year and he wants more of them in 2022.

The first such event was held at Silverstone this year, including the addition of an extra sprint race awarding bonus points on Saturday. Domenicali said it was greeted by an “overwhelmingly positive feedback from the teams, drivers and fans.”

“We will continue to discuss any lessons learnt from the tournament with the teams, but the fundamentals are strong,” he added in a Liberty Media investor call yesterday. “We believe this can be expanded in 2022.”

The first appearance of the format at the British Grand Prix will be followed by two more sprint rounds later this year.

“The idea was to offer something different in order to make sure that there was something new that we can offer to all the stakeholders in Formula 1,” Domenicali explained. “We have said that we wanted to do three tests. One has been done at Silverstone. Another one will be in Monza and the other one will be at the end of the season in Brazil.

“At the end of this complete test we’re going to have a plan to see what will be the next step.”

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The first running of the sprint format was “dramatically positive”, said Domenicali. “The response that we have both from the drivers, from the teams, the media has been really positive. And also for the promoter because if you think that every day we had something new to say. People coming to the track on Friday were already [anticipating] the first qualifying.”

The sport has attracted a new sponsor, Crypto.com, as the sponsor of its 2021 ‘sprint series’. Domenicali said this demonstrated the format is already making a positive financial contribution to the sport.

“Therefore there has been, if I may say, a good sign, a very, very, very positive sign.

“We want to respect what we said. We’re going to have a full debriefing at the end of the season. We have a plan for the future, of course, we are developing that, we are fine-tuning [based on] some of the comments that we received.”

Domenicali reiterated the sprint format will not be used at every round, but they are looking to introduce other “special awards” at certain races “to offer and add to the already incredible platform of Formula 1.”

“So it’s very, very positive comments after the first exercise and [we’re] ready to prepare at the end of the three event a proposal that will bring home what we can see,” he added. “Hopefully it will be a big step that’s a different future for Formula 1, also in a sporting proposition.”

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said at Silverstone F1 should have no more than four sprint qualifying events per season.

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115 comments on “Domenicali wants more F1 sprint events in 2022 after “overwhelmingly positive feedback””

  1. But Brazilian (or Sao Paulo) GP going ahead is unviable, given UK’s red list + that following weekend is a non-race one unless it’d get removed in time for November, which seems somewhat doubtful.

    1. to Brasil is no problem getting to home is harder.

  2. So they are continuing with the propaganda style narrative huh?

    I’m not so sure I’ve seen any ‘overwhelmingly positive’ reaction from anywhere but official F1 channels…

    1. A worrying pattern indeed. It’s a bit too often “overwhelmingly positive”, without any numbers to back it up.

    2. You guys are stuck with British media, but in other parts of the world we love the new sprint qualifying race..

      It should be improved somewhat, but it is better than not having it.

      Ideally we would have quali on friday(determines grid for sunday), reverse grid(from quali result) 100km race on saturday for 10 points maximum.

      And then normal sunday for 25 points.

      This would be awesome, and reward teams good at overtaking with 10 extra points, and not punish top qualifier.

      1. I’m not British and I don’t love it at all. it’s not the media, it’s the fans that don’t like it. qualifying was anti-climatic since it doesn’t actually matter. it feels like the Saturday is red flagged and resumed on Sunday, it takes away all the excitement and I really don’t like it

        1. Exactly… well said

        2. Me neither and I was one of those who actually didn’t oppose it before trying, but it disappointed.

        3. Yes, you’ve described it in a nutshell. Now we have a practice session where no one can make changes to their car. There are parts of it that seem to have merit, such as letting every team just choose which tyre they want to start the race on, but basically the Sprint-Race is just a way of making the Race longer. Oh, and yes, more points for those at the front.

          1. Well said @drycrust, and @nickthegreek, that captures my experience of the thing too

            @jureo without the prejudiced ‘British’ stuff, you might have a valid counter opinion (under influence of which media are you?), but this is just not a useful way to start an argument

      2. Don’t really agree, Dutch television was exited mostly because Max won, but German tv and most comments on worldwide media (Facebook, Youtube etc.) weren’t really that positive either. Most positive comments were about it being a good race, not that the whole thing was a good idea.

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      3. GtisBetter (@)
        7th August 2021, 11:04

        Which countries? Do you have some data? Or are you just making things up like Domenicali.

      4. @jureo by “other parts of the world”, are you just referring to the Netherlands and assuming that your viewpoint applies to the rest of the world?

        You can find criticism of the sprint race concept in the Italian, French and German motorsport communities – do you have any evidence to back up your assertions, or are you just going “well, I like it, therefore I am assuming everyone else around me must like it?”.

        1. Only the talking heads of Ziggo are in favor, since the need new jobs when Viaplay comes around next year. Better be not too critical about anything FOM makes up.

          Most Dutchies I know strongly dislike it. I wonder what was the result of the fan vote survey. Perhaps they didn’t register the negative ones.

          1. Señor Sjon, so what you are saying is that the only broadcaster in the Netherlands that is positive about the idea (Ziggo Sport) is the one that is owned by Liberty Media? Sounds a lot like those broadcasters being given a particular line that they need to stick to…

        2. @anon

          Agree, I’m having a hard time while searching hard and wide for any overwhelming positive feedback. Many non-english (non-dutch) speaking sites have about the same average response on the sprint race as the English sites. It’s definitely not a thumbs up from everyone; it’s way more undecided if its any good and there’s a lot of post of keeping quali the way it’s been.
          What positive responses I do read, is that it’s nice to see another race over the weekend but a sprint race as a quali is at best maybe 50-50, more like 40% or under approval. Many seem to still want to keep quali the way it was with a sprint race of sort thrown into the weekend. Most of the likes for a sprint race have been coming from newer fans (old & young) who don’t know the sport as well and not as familiar with the nuances and quality of the racing.

          I agree lets see these numbers of overwhelming feedback, I say its a very dubious statement that Domenicali made. Seems like F1 is overwhelmingly patting themselves on the back for their own idea rather than listening to the all the fans: young & old

          Let’s keep the racing as honest as possible and give each driver a equal playing field/chance to show what they can do. Quality competition over quantity of spectacle entertainment. Please no american wrestling style of TV injected into F1.

      5. Thanks Stefano, very cool

      6. Who are those “we”? I hate the “sprint” concept as an idea and I also dislike the way it’s organized. I dislike the British media as well and I live like 3000km away from UK.

    3. Yes, what happened to we’ll evaluate after the first series?

      1. “At the end of this complete test we’re going to have a plan to see what will be the next step.”

        It might just be the narrative, but it’s still explicitly there.

    4. Everyone I’ve spoken to thinks its great. It must be fun in your fish bowl.

    5. @phil-f1-21

      +1

      Having read on many different racing forums I definitely have not been hearing overwhelmingly positive feedback. Some yes but far from overwhelmingly positive with many voicing don’t break what’s not broken.

    6. Coventry Climax
      8th August 2021, 23:49

      Sorry to say this, but only the feeble minded did not see this coming.

    7. sooooo predictable!

  3. I think he meant overwhelmingly positive sponsorship revenue from dodgy crypto currencies

    1. “Therefore there has been, if I may say, a good sign, a very, very, very positive sign.”
      I read this as “$,$,$.”

    2. What’s dodgy about something that is completely trustless? Crypto is by nature the complete opposite of dodgy, I think you are just ignorant.

      1. You should comprehend what they are writing before you call them ignorant. He is not calling crypto technology dodgy, he is calling crypto companies dodgy, which a lot of them are.

        1. Actually he didn’t say companies, he said “dodgy crypto currencies” which only specifies imolementations which may or may not involve a company.

          1. Yes, technically you are right. But someone’s getting paid, amirite?

          2. What other cryptos we talking? Ive seen Crypto dot com which is a legitimate trading platform with fiduciary compliance, and Tezos whose funding for advertising comes from its initial ICO fundraising warchest from 2017, and is itself a functional and viable network.

          3. Yaru, the same week that the sponsorship deal was announced for the British GP, the UK financial conduct authority issued a penalty to Binance – another trading platform – for illegal advertising that falsely presented cryptocurrency as a low risk investment.

            It also came just two weeks after the UK’s serious crime investigators seized about £350 million in cryptocurrency across a range of platforms that were being used to launder money.

            There are also plans by the EU to extend their anti money laundering legislation to cover cryptocurrency exchanges, which have largely relied on being classified as a service platform to avoid most of that regulation until now.

  4. Biskit Boy (@sean-p-newmanlive-co-uk)
    7th August 2021, 7:50

    aw nuts

  5. Even though he mentions that they are going to respect what they said in having a full debrief after the season is finished, I don’t like the tone of this. Sounds like they have already made up their mind after a single running out of three. All because of money. There is some potential in the format, but it is far from good at the moment I would say, and way too early to have made a decision for the future.

    1. They most probably made up their mind before a single running.

    2. In the end, it’s all up to the teams, they can block it of they want to..

      As for money, well why wouldn’t they? They’re a for-profit publically traded company. They wouldn’t be doing their jobs if they don’t try to make more money.

      I certainly would try to get a raise in my job of I could, I want more money too.

      1. @yaru, quite true, and remember, the teams get a share of all revenue so should support anything that increases revenue more than expenditure.

        Personally I like the sprint format but not the change to qualifying, although I accept that it may make the main race less of a foregone conclusion.

  6. As expected, there was no analysis at all. They knew very well that this was here to stay… The overwhelming positive response might or might not exist, but the decision to expand sprint racing further was made before Silverstone anyway

    1. Indeed, at best from the poll I saw here it was 50-50 about liking it, overwhelming would be 80%.

      1. I’m not saying FOM is correct but a voluntary poll with small sample size from Racefans is hardly scientific either.

        1. @yaru at least the Racefans poll was actually published. I’d like to see Domenicali’s scientific findings. Including how they reached their conclusion!

  7. Didn’t a few of the drivers say that they still had to manage the tyres even over the short distance? Maybe a sprint specific compound that can do the race distance at full beans would help to increase the excitement. And tbh, the whole thing may work better if/when the new cars deliver on their promise of more competitive racing/more overtaking.

  8. Isn’t anyone else a little worried by these other “special awards” mentioned.

    1. Yes, the one who loses pole in the SQ will get a blue shell. Secretly awarded already in Silverstone. ;)

    2. More food for the well fed.

  9. The only positive for me was that sprint-format event allowed free tyre-choice for Q3-participants to start on, but that could have easily been achieved without the sprint as well. My fear is however that although F1 couldn’t afford to experiment with a sprint instead of a regular 300 km, the long term goal might be to have shorter races, with 100/150/200/250 km or 40/60 minutes limited, maybe a combination of multiple short races. I don’t say that it would neccessarily damage the sport, but the communication feels a lot like contemptuous.

    1. Free tire choice should be introduced for main event aswell.

      1. @jureo That will happen for next season.

    2. @andrewt I wouldn’t mind if all F1 races became 260 km, like Monaco.

      1. I rather want 500km like the good old days….

    3. I am in favor of variable lengths.
      Some tracks deserve a longer race – 400km or, why not, a 600km – in Spa, for instance.
      On the other hand, other track do not need the full 300km to be run in the same day.
      I mean, for some tracks the action is limited to the first corner and a few laps of compatition.
      After that, at least on current regulations, everybody settles down.
      Maybe three 100km races in Barcelona during the weekend would make more sense.

      1. Wow, that’d be a super race, 600km!

    4. It’s very hard to tell, a race at a fast track like Monza or Spielberg or Silverstone (without safety car or red flag) is easily under 80 minutes, meanwhile street tracks like Singapore, Monaco or Baku usually result in races over 110 minutes. Under the current aero rules and under normal circumstances the race length basically doesn’t matter as we don’t get more quality action as last seen in Mogyoród, I think it’s unacceptable that 2-3 seconds faster cars have to struggle to overtake or even follow (Hamilton vs anyone) the defender, wheel-to-wheel action is almost impossible between cars of similar pace (Ocon vs Vettel). I think we might wait and see how next year’s cars improve on-track racing and evaluate how justified the tradition 300 km races are.

  10. Who could have predicted that they’d declare their sprint race trial, which they’ve been pushing for tirelessly for over 3.5 years, a resounding success.
    It’s plain to see that feedback from fans has not been overwhelmingly positive, but pretty mixed. If there were a strong factual basis, actual evidence/research for their claims of “very positive feedback”, F1 would have shared it. Their ridiculously over-the-top-praise from minutes after the first sprint had finished, combined with zero evidence to back it up, eliminates any trace of believability. It’s full-on propaganda.
    Every fan can look at Twitter, Reddit, the big motorsport forums, or even the forums on F1’s own research platform, F1 Fan Voice, and see how much negative feedback there’s been. Often, overwhelmingly negative. Again, if this were just a vocal minority and there was research to back that up, we’d know about it. The insights shared by ex-FOM employee GT-Racer here on Racefans sound much more believable, i.e. that “that opinions have been far more mixed than they [F1] were expecting/hoping they would be.”
    I’m hoping some media outlets are going to call them out on their propaganda tactics, e.g. by pushing for some more details on how they came to determine the feedback has been “overwhelmingly positive”. I see too many headlines and articles blindly repeating Domenicali’s and Brawn’s claims. It shouldn’t be this easy for F1 to manufacture a narrative by simply shouting out unsupported claims (and asking broadcasters like Sky to do the same). Racefans has been one of the very few outlets talking about the true motivation behind the sprint race plan (this excellent article by Dieter).

    1. Indeed, who would have thought it.

      The accredited media won’t call it out as I’d imagine that would risk their accreditation, much like the Bernie days.

      Unfortunately the result was pre determined and no amount of resistance will prevent it. I suspect that the end game will be to alter some weekends to multiple sprint race formats with no “long” race which in turn will enable them to spout that they have 30 or 40 races a season.

      It’s the way most sport is heading. Lots of short events for maximum coverage (or at least that’s the theory) to replace long format events.

      Lots more to play out on this. For the time being I hope they remain at least sensible and actually take the fan feedback from social media sites and F1 Fan voice (majority of which was negative) and restrict these awful sprints to a very few venues but I’m far from hopeful.

    2. Just read your comment @moctecus and you have said pretty much the same as me below. Must have been typing at the same time.

      The Liberty reaction and analysis is just not believable. They must take us all for fools.

    3. @moctecus as you note, the polls on the F1 Fan Voice site did also support the picture that GT-Racer was painting, which was that the response was far more mixed than Liberty Media might have liked – perhaps explaining why they took the poll offline and hid the results from the public.

      As noted by others, the accredited media are unlikely to want to complain too much because of their dependency on the good will of Liberty Media for access. It could also be noted that, since Sky has quite a few commercial links with Liberty Media outside of F1, there is an added incentive for them to toe the line that Liberty is promoting – maybe Liberty is hoping that the outsized influence of Sky in certain key markets will help push the ideas that they want to sell.

    4. @moctecus Spot on. For me this almost feels like they are lying and saying something like “very, very, very, very” or “overwhelmeingly” are words that any media likes to highlight. The problem isn’t the spirnt or the feedback from it. This seems so scripted that it too obvious to see through those “made-up” sentencies which might be partly true. It seems that they are purely written for the media by someone who has written these things earlier.

      Of course I could be wrong but as many comments say there isn’t many very optimistic and overwhelmingly positive feedbacks around there to be seen.

      I don’t know who to blame all this. I doubt Domenicali has as much superior power as Bernie had but as it goes for any sport today the big decisions are made behind closed doors.

  11. Yes (@come-on-kubica)
    7th August 2021, 8:52

    Go on Stefano keep dwindling the audience. Too many races and with this dumb format too much time required, how they think this will help is beyond me? Get the cars closer in performance.

    1. If only there was a car format revamped coming next year designed to do just that……

  12. I am sure it did not have overwhelmingly positive feedback. I thought it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting, but the Hungarian GP weekend reminded me just how much better the normal format is, and the idea of awarding significant points for the sprint race is just awful. Really it should be zero points, as it is part of qualifying. Hopefully F1 will release an official poll on their website after the third and final sprint race so that they know what the actual popular opinion is (because it might be pro-sprint races, although I doubt it), and if that poll goes against sprint races they will scrap them. I can’t see it happening, but it is the only logical solution.

  13. I am all for trying new things.I am all for continuing with new things…if they work. Having been watching F1 ever since Lewis started making waves in the sport I cannot say that I am very impressed with the ‘sprint scenario’.I consider it a dismal failure that did not especially grab me in any way.
    The bottom line of all this clickbait PR will be a loss of audience.Indeed, I am most likely to quit F1 if it continues along it’s present dopamin-dependent route.

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  14. I am not sure what happens to previously sensible and reflective people when they get drawn into the web of Liberty Media. First Brawn and now Domenicali. The sprint race format might have some merit but the feedback was not overwhelmingly positive. Not what I recall seeing. Several of the drivers were luke warm about it and the format of the sprint race weekends.

    The point is I think that as Toto says, it may be interesting to have these races at a few circuits, and a bit of variety is not necessarily a bad thing.

    If the main event is exciting and unpredictable though, as we saw last weekend, then there is no need for too much tinkering with the format of the race weekend. Liberty, etc should at least give the new 2022 cars a chance to produce better and closer racing overall, before they fiddle with other things too much. Me thinks money must be the driver of this somehow though, as usual.

  15. Of course the feedback will be overwhelmingly positive. F1 fans the world over could tell you how exciting the opening laps of a grand prix are which is all you get with the sprint. I just don’t know why it has to mess with qualifying… I still think that if they really want sprints, make it an exhibition with different drivers (3rd drivers, F2 drivers, W series drivers etc) and maybe people will stick around for the real deal

    1. I agree, I think the Sprint-Race would suit some sort of exhibition race better. Maybe they could borrow (well, actually, hire) the F2 cars and do it with those. And if some of the F1 drivers don’t want to be seen in an F2 car then offer that seat to an F2 driver. They would love to show their talent against the World’s best drivers. What would have happened if that pileup at the start of the Hungarian GP happened at a Sprint-Race? Some of those cars that retired in the first lap incident wouldn’t have been ready for the Race. Teams have spent a vast amount of time and money getting their car as near as perfect as they can for the Race and that’s where the F1 cars should be seen competing.

  16. Overwhelmingly positive? That’s the completely opposite, Stefano.

  17. This speech was most like written and planned well before Silverstone. I think most of us already knew they were going to ignore any feedback and just pretend everyone loved it. There was never any doubt that we’d have more sprint races next year and it’s be deemed a massive success regardless of what fans, teams or drivers thought about it.

  18. This is just the beginning. Expect reverse grids and that kind of thing floated. Big changes coming.

    1. Teams voted against the reverse grid sprint thing last year (or rather they opposed so much that it didn’t get a vote I think). They needed to drop that to even get the three race sprint trial this year.

      People think FOM can do what they want – they can’t. A majority of the teams are needed to get it passed. I can’t remember whether it was 6 teams or 8 teams, but it’s definitely a majority of them.

  19. As I supposed, we’ll have sprint races because they see a success in this that nobody see. They never said on which criteria they will keep or remove this. Is absolutely ridicoluos. And who cares if in Monza tickets are at double price respect 2019: I’m italian and I’ve been there since 2005, but now with sprint I’ll never spend 620 euro, I’ll continue to go on the other countries where sprint will not be there

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    1. Indeed, honestly I don’t even understand how this site voted 50-50 sufficient vs insufficient for the sprint race, I even tried to be open minded and it was absolutely impossible to give it more than 5. Let alone how the f1 managers found this overwhelmingly positive.

    2. “They never said on which criteria they will keep or remove this”

      Whatever happens they need approval from most of the teams.

  20. Many comments here making a very basic mistake in regard to which feedback Liberty are listening to.
    Whose feedback do you think they care more about? Finicky, inconsistent viewers or their own accountants?

    If they are attracting sponsors and making more income, it is a success. End of story, no further information required.

    1. GtisBetter (@)
      7th August 2021, 11:08

      Domenicali said it was greeted by an “overwhelmingly positive feedback from the teams, drivers and fans.”

      The point is, this is almost certainly a lie.

    2. And the immediate reason why F1 has become such a sorry state of affairs.

      It’s another sad day to be a F1 fan.

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    3. @S

      If they are attracting sponsors and making more income, it is a success

      How wrong you are, It could be judged a success if the fans stay on to watch it, it they don’t sponsors move on.

  21. So they potentially can double the number of races over a season, charge a premium for two races. While reducing promoters costs and greatly increasing profits for Liberty.
    At the same time cheapen the F1 grand Prix by having effectively two per weekend and turning it into a Euro spec series sort of like a super F2, all in a few short years.
    Can’t wait for the Kabul GP with Mullah Mohammed Omar as the special guest.

  22. please don’t do this Stefano.
    dont spoil my F1 :(

  23. Stephen Higgins
    7th August 2021, 12:06

    If they do this I won’t watch. I’ll just tune in for the (spoiled) races like I already do with BTCC and Indycar.

    Qualifying will be totally meaningless.

  24. Get the cars closer and able to follow and pass and gimmicks like this won’t be needed.

    1. That’s pretty much what the new spec overhaul next year is for.

      Also, this is what they want to do regardless of that as it helps with more revenue.

  25. Based on what i’ve seen here & elsewhere i’d say the opinions were mixed at best & I don’t see how anyone could ever try & claim it was “overwhelmingly positive”.

    I’m in this really conflicted position with F1 right now because I still enjoy watching the cars on track & I still enjoy it when we get racing like we saw between Hamilton/Alonso in Hungary yet I look at what Liberty say, What they have done, What they want to do & the direction they are taking F1 in & I simply don’t like it.

  26. Is there a reason of why I can’t find on other sites that have Stefano’s interview the “overwhelmingly positive feedback from the teams, drivers and fans” part that we read on this article?

    1. To be clear, this wasn’t from an exclusive interview (that would have been pointed out of it was.)

      1. @keithcollantine To be more clear, you added yourself the “overwhelmingly” and “fans”, instead of “media”, part that he said. Most likely to create impression. There is absolutely no mention for the fans, all he talks is about money.

    2. @f1-fan You can read the whole rant in the “Liberty Formula One Group (FWONA) Q2 2021 Earnings Call Transcript”

        1. @f1osaurus I did and still “overwhelmingly positive feedback from the teams, drivers and fans” part nowhere to be found.

          1. I clearly see it at the start of the third paragraph of Domenicali’s rant:

            On the Sprint, the first of three events in the season, we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the teams. drivers and fans.

            Why not look for the key word “overwhelmingly” rather than the whole sentence/phrase. Since indeed there is one character different.

  27. I am Brazilian, from Bahia. For me the Sprint Races format was good, give more action to us in the saturday. I liked.

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    1. I didn’t like it myself but I am glad you enjoyed it. I thought everyone would have hated it but it seems it’s more mixed than I expected.

  28. RocketTankski
    7th August 2021, 12:34

    They could yet go full stupid with it all. Have Super Team Sprint Nitez five nights a week and then the Saturday Nite Mega Drive (with performances from some top pop stars and reactions from top social media Influencers), then a Royal Rumble Drive-A-Mania Ultra Racing Festival every other Sunday. Whatever road can make more money I guess.

    1. Personally I just want more race weekends. F1 doesn’t have enough race weekends IMO.

  29. F1 is going full Nascar. At some point it will be to much to handle.

  30. What investors were so overwhelmingly positive?

    What investors think there will be enough product (us, the viewes) left to make enough proffit when they kill the sport like this?

  31. I’m still undecided. There’s a lot of work to do to make it relevant, and at some tracks it seems like it would be nonsensical. I’m also not keen on the points system, since it only rewards the top three and makes the championship even more unattainable for the midfield. On the other hand, I did enjoy watching them go flat out for the entire race, no lifting for management and the like.

  32. I have no problem with an extra event to watch during the weekend such as a sprint race, but it should just be independent from the qualifying and main race. Grid order chosen by championship order or first practice times. Qualifying back on Saturday and main race on the Sunday. And don’t increase the points for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd from Silverstone.

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  33. Surely I must be mistaken, but the only positive comments I remember reading were made by Ross Brawn…

  34. Probably this is why their choice is Interlagos. It has a chance to be cancelled, therefore the “overwhelmingly positive” narrative can be maintained without any risk.
    And the choice of the venue is a low risk choice again, as this track often produced highly rated races. Partially because it is very action packed due to being a short track, partially because it is a good track, with a lot of challenge and flow. Apart from the public security, this is one of my favorite races.

    Too much managerial talk, from many of the F1 leaders. F1 was very good when it was cheaper, when the director not showed excessively close shots of one or two cars for a great proportion of a GP to display sponsor logos. F1 is going against the cost and practicality rationalization, what the world needs a long ago. Meanwhile there were many inventions at motorsport from the cheaper decades with much less staff, which came for much smaller costs and made it to the real world. The development of road going cars and fuels would be fine and would go on without F1 imo, and they would practically be motivated by the same goals, and they would practically do the same. Research and testing methods are very fine today, imo delaying changes multiple seasons long, or complaining about too little testing is not completely justified. Complaints for less driving is justified on the drivers’ side, and they obviously would like to drive, but the machinery is much more reliable and consistent. Dropping even more testing would just add a bit more random, and slower convergence of performance, but there would be no mass DNF’s and things like that, if it would be the only thing to change.

    It is quite clear to me, that unlike most other series F1 is ran partially by it’s teams and manufacturers, because they have a lot of influence on the decision making. Let’s try to do that at lower tiers, or other kinds of sports, and the refree will politely ask to stop or ignore or punish you. The tone what the entrants sometimes affording themselves when talking to the decision makers or race directors are a bit too much, and reflects that they are the rich and important ones, and they have their own will and that will quite often has effect. And this is not a RB or Mercedes exclusive thing, if others would be in a heated battle, then they sometimes would do the same, Ferrari’s and Renault’s investment are not much less, or even comparable.

    I think a real world relevant solution would be a strictly enforced cost cap, which includes development of the engines and fuels and oils and software. Meanwhile, I would go with a thinner, more liberal rule book to increase diversity on the tech side. Simpler rules, with more and stricter enforcement. Kimi spoke some nice words about it, I enjoyed that.
    If the enforcement can’t be effectively done within the sport, then it should go to the court. Is not that real world relevant?

    Although many investors are not like that, many real world investors choose to run the business for a while, and shut it down without being sad if their management choices led them there.

    So I don’t think it will rapidly change, the manufacturers are just too much financially involved currently and now I’m able to imagine an F1 with a very high percentage of the powertrains power coming from electricity, and road going, mostly electrified Ferraris as well (the latter was a bit hard to imagine even a bit before). Meanwhile I have no problem with electric cars, and electric racing, I’m on the interested side, but like the historic cars equally. Thanks to some good sims those will not be forgotten and will be enjoyed by many.

    I have a question. What about launching a series, which is faster and more raw than Indy? (Nowadays vs later for example when F1 got almost electrified.)
    Without being interested in road relevancy, but with being interested in having fairly low costs and providing challenging to drive cars, and steep learning curve, and high skill ceiling, so less help from the pit wall, less computer generated strategies, different approach from the TV director (show more of the momentum and duels instead of logos) and so on.
    Imo most of the spectators can or could easily understand, that the top tier can be a niche, therefore relevancy is not necessary, and development can go on without it, meanwhile the entertainment factor can be better with less real world relevancy.
    (Haha, real world basically banished the amazing mid engined cars, let’s have front engine + FWD + ABS then? Although electric propulsion is not about that, there the wheels often have separate engines.
    + Not very much before I have seen an article here where they talked about or considered all wheel drive at F1. Probably that would be in line with electrification.)

    Would the current market and decision making participants welcome it, or would they work to axe it? Because old petrolhead engines could be obtained from for example USA manufacturers, there are many of them, and many of them are or were not really interested in going into F1 a long ago.
    Imo even some years after F1 have gone largely electrified, so road relevance-wise not even the same market segment (but entertainment-wise?), they would work towards the axing, as it could be a block buster.

    Meanwhile, I’m a nerd since my childhood, and I think that states and financial institutions should have less influence in many countries of the world. So the idea of cryptos are quite cool, but with this mining, electricity and computing power swallowing hog way, which keeps hardware prices at a silly level I just can’t agree, I’m just disgusted.

  35. >Special awards
    ngl i’d prefer a point for pole position over points for fastest laps. It’s more likely to be something dumb though, like a point for the fastest speedtrap at monza, with a “king of speed” moniker or something else cringy.

  36. Sergey Martyn
    7th August 2021, 22:03

    Where can “overwhelming majority” spit into their faces?

    1. Can you tell me how Kvyat and Sirotkin are doing in the RAF?

  37. I did not hate the sprint race – but I did hate that quali happened on Friday – which pretty much made the free practice on Saturday redundant. And the fact that the sprint race was used to set the grid for Sunday made quali redundant too. I did like the fact that there was something ‘big’ on each day.
    I’m wondering why the grid for the sprint race can’t be set from the fastest times in FP1 – which would encourage cars to run as much as possible even near the end of the season when traditionally they try to conserve engines – and the sprint race could then be on Friday instead of FP2 (for quarter points or whatever). Then FP2 could be on Saturday in place of the old FP3 with quali held as usual on Saturday. There was never anything wrong with Saturday so why would we try and fix it? Friday was the only thing that should be changed – along with some of the tracks :).

    1. That sounds like a useful idea @lass321, which would indeed make the Friday more interesting without making qualifying less good, and indeed making that Saturday FP useful again.

      Sadly the narrative Domenicali sets above makes it unlikely that it will happen.

  38. Is FIA run by woke Hollywood (Disney, Netflix, et al) directors and producers?

  39. Is this the “positive” as when getting tested for being sick of something?

    Also, it’s odd how this shows up in a earnings report call. Is this really just a way to make more money?

  40. bold statement, after issue #1 out of 3

  41. I’m overwhelmingly positive that overall feedback couldn’t have been overwhelmingly positive.

  42. I’ve heard far more negative feedback than positive feedback.

    Just because you read something on social media doesn’t mean that reflects the opinion of the masses. The polls I have seen show limited support. Does anyone cite specific sources of the overwhelmingly positive feedback? I think this is nonsense to support a decision they have already made.

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