McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl made it clear he wouldn’t support the introduction of success ballast to Formula 1.global fan survey which asks for their views on a number of potential changes to the sport. Among the suggestions is the introduction of success ballast, which is widely used in series such as touring car racing to increase the weight carried by winning teams and drivers to aid their rivals.
Seidl said he welcomes the initiative to gauge fans’ attitudes towards the sport but emphasised his strong opposition to success ballast and performance equalising rules.
“I think it’s very important that Formula 1 and the teams are listening to the fans’ opinions,” he said, “because we’re in this sport not just to enjoy ourselves running around in circles we do it for our fans.
“When it comes to success ballast, I put in a lot of effort in my own career to make sure I end up in a championship where there’s no success ballast and no balance of performance so I’m very happy with what is in place now.”
Among the others changes suggested by F1 in the survey are reintroducing refuelling during races, requiring drivers to use three different tyre compounds per race, introducing reverse grid races, using the sprint qualifying format at every grand prix weekend and adding an extra race for third drivers.
Formula 1 is holding its second sprint qualifying race at Monza this weekend. The series’ CEO Stefano Domenicali said the first event at Silverstone received “overwhelmingly positive feedback”.
Seidl said Formula 1 will have to consider the responses of fans to all three sprint qualifying events before deciding whether to continue with the format next season.
“There’s a lot of analysis ongoing after this event on our side with different channels that we are using, all the different analysis we are running as a team and engagement we are having with our fans, and obviously F1 is doing the same which gets shared as well,” said Seidl when asked by RaceFans what fan feedback data F1 had shared.
“As far as I understand, and it’s the same from F1’s side, we do these three events now, we put it all together now, how it went, how it went also on different tracks and track characteristics and so on – because that could also make a difference how exciting actually a sprint race is as an original race – and how much is happening in this sprint, for example, on Saturday afternoon.
“Then I think we have to put that all together including the facts as well in terms of numbers and then go from there.”
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