Various proposals have been put forward including a ‘qualifying race’ for drivers on Saturday, a race for third drivers which would give them a place on the grid or a women-only race.
Some of these would present logistical problems: for example some teams may be unable to field an additional car alongside their existing two, and the shortage of women racing in the upper levels of single-seater competition would make it difficult for them to fill a grid.
But the biggest obstacle might be opposition to breaking with tradition. Having two races per weekend is almost unheard of in the history of the world championship.
Is it time to make a change which could liven up the championship – or is this part of F1’s heritage which should be preserved?
One race good, two races better. As a way of increasing the action at a race weekend, putting on an extra race is about as simple as it gets. For a sport which is having difficulty attracting new fans, tweaking the format could be just the change it needs.
An extra race would give spectators at the track better value for money and increase the potential for on-track action. What’s not to like?
For those who feel the current races lack action, adding an extra one won’t solve anything. Nor will the impression F1 is being dominated by a single team be alleviated by giving them yet more races to win. And the special achievement of winning a grand prix would be diluted if it was just one of two races held each weekend.
None of F1’s most pressing problems at the moment are to do with the race weekend format. This is a case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
There is a historical precedent for running more than one F1 world championship race during a weekend. When Germany’s AVUS circuit held its only points-scoring round in 1959 the event was run over two one-hour heats due to concerns their tyres could not withstand a continuous two hours on the high-speed banked track.
However the other 924 world championship events held over the last 65 years were all individual races. What’s to be gained by making such an obvious break with tradition? Little, if anything, it seems to me.
Having more races is not the same thing as having better racing, and the latter is surely what we want to see. Extra races won’t address the shortage of teams and the financial jeopardy faced by potentially more than half the current grid. As a solution to F1’s most serious problems, adding an extra race is a complete non-sequitur.
IndyCar’s recent experience with adding double-header rounds gives further cause to believe this could be a change for the worse. The scheme failed to find favour and only one of its rounds is now a double-header.
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