Will have to wait and see.
It might work, it might not.
There are many possible formats to go with. Personally, i think the current format is good enough, and i would concider waiting with sprint qualifying untill 2023, when the teams have fully adapted to the new car designs.
That said, if i would have a little fantasy freedom,
i would much rather go with a friday FP1 of 1 hour, then a FP2 of 30 minutes.
Then have a split-qualification session of two times 30 minutes, with a 15 minute rest in between.
No knockout session, but a 'classic' crowded Q1 session that decides the order of the Saturday sprint session.
Then have Q2 exactly the same as Q1 but it sets the order for the Sunday full race distance.
After Q1 and Q2, keep the cars on parc fermé conditions untill the Saturday afternoon Sprint race, as either a 50% or 40% race distance. Then have the cars with no parc fermé conditions do the sunday race.
As for points:
Give 50% WDC points for the sprint race.
Give 100% WDC points for the sunday race. just as it is now.
Sunday race gets 1 WDC point for fastest lap. just as it is now.
Saturday race gets 1/2 WDC point for fastest lap, but instead of only getting rewarded if it's in a top 10 finish, like it is now, the WDC point gets awarded no matter what position the driver finishes, but it will only be awarded in the last 15 minutes of te race AND driver must maintain within track limits AND finish the entire race distance on track (not finish in the pitlane).
That way small 'backmarker' teams get the opportunity to catch some points, and teams are less motivated to 'retire' a car if they have no prospect of finishing in a p10 position.
To make sure Q2 qualifying is a tad different to Q1 and teams are motivated to perform even better:
Q2 qualifying gets 2 points for pole position, 1 point for 2nd, 1/2 a point for P3.
Perhaps make Q2 qualifying Knockout Qualifying as it is now, just shorten the first stint.
In a single race weekend,
this means that a driver is able to score 41 points in a single race weekend.
it also means that f.e. Haas or Williams drivers get to beat eachother through getting the fastest lap in the final 15 minutes of the sprint race, motivating them not only to actually FINISH the race, but also be COMPETITIVE in the final 15 minutes of the race, and build a capable car for that, perhaps change tires in the last 15 minutes, and further influence strategy.
Topteams obviously are much faster than the backmarkers, but if they want to make the fastest lap in the last 15 minutes of the race, they might need to change tires in a much less advantageous time window, and risk their current position and as such, points, just for 1/2 a point, and by running on the limit, risk going outside of track limits with potentially worn tires, and put their position in peril, or worse, burning through their fuel in the final stage of the GP.
Backmarker teams are pushed more this way to perform because not only is there always a possibility for points by making P10 as normal, but they can't risk not going for a final change (1/2) point, and as such, they need to perform in the final stages and not just parade around. It's in their benefit thus to get within DRS range of other cars, so they benefit from quickly going aside to let front runners lap them, and then chase them to get DRS and get a fast lap.
Still they must finish the full race distance AND not finish in the pitlane after achieving that goal so to not just participate only for a brief moment during the sprint race.
Perhaps this can be further motivated by introducing a 105% rule instead of a 107% rule.
also, rule infringements during saturday sprint racing can now also be reviewed after the race and for example a penalty will be applied not at the next race but in the sunday race.
Last edited by Manoah2u on Wed Apr 28, 2021 1:57 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Dumpster sounds so much more classy. It's the diamond of the cesspools.