Alonso was the star of the qualifying race for Saturday’s sprint at Silverstone, starting with the soft tire and moving from 11th to fifth place, before eventually falling back to seventh.
The former world champion agrees the new format creates some action over the three days, but believes Friday could be made more interesting with a restriction on tire use and number of qualifying laps as drivers can undertake.
“I like the format, I think we have action over three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” he said. “So it’s good for people.
“Last year when I was watching the races at home on Friday it didn’t mean anything because the long runs, they are very important for the teams, the drivers, but not for the people at home to understand the outside.
“I hope we can keep this format. And if anything, I will suggest Fridays could be spicier as well. You know, like having a set of tires and a test drive for everyone, it gives us all the same chances.
“It’s not an unfair qualification or a reverse order or something like that, which I understand may be unfair. But if we give a set of tires and a chance for all of us, it’s the same for everyone.
Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521, arrives at Parc Fermé
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Alonso pointed out that the Friday qualifying format used at Silverstone, with everyone on the same soft tires throughout, doesn’t encourage variety – and it might be worth finding a way to mix things up.
“Maybe that changes something, because we have seen with six tests and six sets of tires that we finished in the order we deserve, and we finish in the order of performance of our cars as in every qualifying. .
“And maybe that can be changed a bit and have even better sprint qualifying on Saturday if one of the fast cars isn’t in the top two rows of the grid.”
Many F1 observers and insiders believe something needs to be done to liven up Saturday’s FP2 session, which is now solely devoted to race preparation in parc fermé conditions. However, Alonso believes that the mileage is necessary.
“It has been very helpful to us,” he said. “I don’t know from the outside, because you see cars going full on fuel, with different compounds, and I don’t know if it’s a good show or not.
“But it was the same in FP2 in the previous format, free practice is very, very important for the teams. So we have to have it for sure.
“But qualifying, like I said, was maybe a little bit the same as always, you know, and the natural order of the grid. Maybe it could be improved a bit.