As part of an assessment of how to expand the calendar over the coming years, one proposal that was considered was to make race weekends more compact.
So rather than racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, practice, qualifying and races would all take place over two days.
The idea fell a few years ago, but came back to the fore last season when the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix in Imola went on a tighter schedule.
The fact that the weekend format was seen as a success for teams and fans has reignited discussions over whether it made sense to move F1 more permanently to the two-day format.
However, new F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has ruled out the idea completely, citing that race organizers prefer the three-day event schedule because it allows them to maximize ticket sales and revenue.
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Speaking in a video on F1.com about the possibility of two-day weekends, Domenicali made it clear that two-day weekends are not going to happen.
“All of the organizers really wanted to have a full experience for the people and for the crowd, so we have to respect that,” he said.
Last year’s Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring also turned into a two-day event, with Friday’s race being scrapped due to bad weather.
Looking at how this weekend went, world champion Lewis Hamilton felt there were advantages to not having a three-day schedule.
“There are 22 fewer days out of 20 cars bombing the track and polluting the air, the planet, so that’s a positive point,” Hamilton said.
“I think that made it so much harder for us. Normally you have two sessions on Friday, you have time to do tons of different setup changes and, if you’re on the back foot, you have the time. time to catch.
“When you start on a Saturday you don’t have time. You have that one session to really get the hang of the situation and the set-up between practice and qualifying. It made it so difficult.”
In the same rapid-fire video where Domenicali answered yes and no to several questions, he answered yes to the possibility of another race in Africa in the next five years, in addition to a second race in the United States d ‘within three years.