Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Stick with Friday format

(Mercedes AMG F1 Team)

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff does not believe that changing the format of Friday's on a Grand Prix weekend is a good idea and that the sport should reconsider the change that is due to come into effect from next season. The idea which was mooted at the last race in Canada is that instead of having the current two free practice session's on Friday like do now that the sport would instead have one session which would take place later on a Friday afternoon or evening. 

The idea came about as a way for team's to save money as it would the teams an extra day to get to the circuit and would also mean that 'media day' which usually takes place on a Thursday could in fact take place on Friday morning with both the Driver's and team principal's press conference taking place on the same day.

The Driver's press conference could take place on Friday morning with the Team principal's press conference taking place in the evening after the on track action.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Wolff said that Formula One is the pinnacle of motor racing and a sport and as such should not start on a Saturday. If the sport does push ahead with the plans to reduce track running next season it will be extremely unfortunate for fan's who enjoy attending all three day's of the on track action aswell as Thursday's media day and this could result in the sport losing fan's.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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