I've made my thoughts clear earlier in the thread regarding the new format and how I don't like it. But I'd like to give my proposition on how to make the race weekend format work. On top of that, a proposition on how to make Monaco a better race.
Friday: FP1/Constructors Race
Firstly, let's get into the race weekends. For me, as I've said, I don't like the format as they have proposed since it makes little sense to me. I don't like the fact that they are breaking up the Saturday-Sunday format. In my proposition, that will remain the same. So on Saturday, we will have FP followed by Qualifying later on. Sunday remains the same as well, with the race being the only thing on the schedule to focus on. By doing these things, neither Qualifying nor race day loses its' charm. And that's how it should be. No non-sense of this "Qualifying-race-thing".
What will change in my proposition is Friday, and it looks to me that one of the ambitions of Liberty and F1 as a whole is to make Friday more special for the promoters. So that the promoters can promote more than just FP sessions to sell more tickets. So what I would do is to have a FP session followed by a race. The race distance can be changed depending on what people see fit. The same for the amounts of tyres and pitstops required. The race start position would be determined by the Drivers Championship Standings. So whoever is 1st, will start 1st that race. 2nd will start 2nd, etc. So there is no reverse grids and there is legitimacy to the starting positions. That being said, there is still a chance of people being placed out of order since certain cars likes certains tracks. And since there are no Qualifying for this race, there can't be a "100 percent correct order".
To not make Sunday's race lose its charm, the race on Friday have to be different somehow. Not only by the amount of points given, but also probably length, tyres required etc. So what I would do is to have this race being a Constructors race only. What I mean by that is that the points given here are only given to teams. So that means no points for the drivers that effect the Drivers Championship. The reason for this is partly due to differentiate the two races, but also since there are no Qualifiyng for the race, the drivers doesn't really have a chance of influencing their grid positions. Obviously, they do indirectly by how they are performing prior to the race weekend and the amount of points they accumulate in the Drivers Championship. But not on the race weekend itself. And I also feel like that if we start giving out points for drivers in the Friday's race, then that kinda takes away some magic from Sunday's race. Another positive thing about having a "Constructors race" (which it could be called to easier differentiate the two races) is that focus are on the team more so than the drivers, whereas Sunday's race you could argue it's slightly more focused towards the drivers than the teams, overall. So from a promoting standpoint, that argument could be made. To emphasize that it is a teamsport at the end of the day, which is something that the drivers regulary tend to point out, but also gets somewhat subdued since the focus tends to be more on the drivers.
Since there are no points for the Drivers Championship, there is a difference you make when you go racing as a driver. Firstly, and there is a downside to this, is that you don't have to fight your own teammate. And that does take a away some racing aspects of it. Instead of fighting your teammate, you will have to work with him, which introduces an aspect of which we haven't really seen before. What I mean by that is that there is no downside of working with your teammate in this scenario (from the Drivers perspective), since you can't lose or gain points for yourself. Whereas working with your teammate on a Sunday race will have an affect on your Drivers Standings. But as a viewer, we might get "robbed" by inter-team battles. One way of getting around this problem, is having the drivers on different tyres. So that would mean that one driver would have to be on for instance Softs, whereas the other car would have to be on something different to Softs, and most likely Mediums. That would theoretically mean that one driver should be faster than the other and thus we might not get into a situation where teammates are running nose-to-tail. It might create good racing scenarios. In a scenario where there is rain, no differentiate in tyres can be done, obviously. However, those conditions tends to create could racing regardless, so different tyres are not needed.
Since you are not fighting for Driver Championship points, drivers wouldn't mind being on different strategies than their teammate. So that works for forcing teammates on different tyres. It could also be interesting from a strategical standpoint of which driver takes which tyre. Do the fastest driver for respective team take the softer tyre to go for the "win", or do you go with the slower driver to not make him struggle to much. Because we have seen before that sometimes certain drivers prefer certain tyres. So there is a strategical upside there.
Others things; FP1 and FP2 should return to 1h30m long since we lose one of the sessions. Parc ferme will close after FP1, but reopen again after the Constructors race. So you could have one setup for Fridays race, and another for Sundays race. Since you only have one FP session before the Fridays race, it's important for the drivers and the teams to get another proper session in there to finetune their setup for Sundays race. This also means that if one driver/team struggles on Friday, doesn't necessarily mean that they will on Sunday and vice verse, which also could slightly differentiate the two races.
I think this scenario is a good solution for people who like to have a puriest element to it. There are no reverse grid, there are legitimacy in the order for the first race, but there is also certain different elements between the two races so they don't clash. The promoters gets another race, the drivers gets another race. Saturday-Sunday don't get touched. Whatever happens in the first race doesn't really have an affect on Saturday-Sunday. When it comes to gearboxes and potential gearbox penalties, that could be again be up for debate what fits people. You can make it so that the Friday gearbox is the Friday gearbox and in a scenario where someone would crash on a Friday, it doesn't have an affect on the rest of the weekend. I think that is the most favourable option.
TL:DR; Saturday and Sunday remains the same. A Constructors race on Friday replaces one of the FP sessions. Points goes only towards the Constructors Championship. Force drivers on different tyre compounds. Race length and pitstops can be up for debate.
How to make Monaco better
When it comes to Monaco, a lot of people, myself included, likes it because of its history. However, the races tends to be boring. Overtaking is near impossible, and there is little you could do to change this in terms of layout. And I don't know if people want to change layout.
What I recommend is that we change the race format. The format I have in mind would require ALOT from the production crew as well as the commentators. And it would require more from the team to figure out things. So instead of having a race where the winner is the one who gets to the flag first, we gonna have a Indycar oval-qualifying-esque type of race, where the driver who wins, is the driver who has the quickest AVERAGE lap time throughout the whole race, 78 laps. The most obvious part is that the winner HAVE to be on the leading lap. So people can't just tank positions in order to get fastest laps and search for clean air further back. In this way, pole will still be very crucial since you have clean air and you can lap in whatever way you want. However, this format makes it so people behind also have a chance of winning the race. I would argue that the chance of winning it goes down in steps. What I mean by that is that is the Pole sitter has the highest chance of winning. Whoever is 2nd has the second highest chance, 3rd the 3rd highest chance etc. So Qualifying will still be very much key. However, it's not impossible to win the race further down the grid. With this format, I struggle to see that we would get an outside winner (like for instance an Aston Martin or an Alpine, who are at the end tail points). We would most likely still see the top teams battling out for the win, with the one furthers forward with the most likely chance of winning it.
It is a very different format, and there might be the puriest who doesn't like this. And I fully understand that. However, it does highlight an aspect of what we like to see when it comes to Monaco and what makes Monaco special; people doing "qualifying" laps for 78 laps. Qualifying is something that everone enjoys when it comes to Monaco. It's pretty much better than the race for a lot of people. So why not translate that into the race itself as well, since we struggle with overtaking. Pole will still be very important, strategy will still play a key role. The difference is that focus goes from race positions to lap times, hence why I said that a lot is required from the production crew and the commentators. I would at least like to try this out for a race and see how it turns out.
Others things that should be focused on; No lap times during VSC/SC should be counted for saftey reasons. Should lap times include pitstops? That could be up for debate. I'm willing to do either since there are pros and cons with both of them. If you say yes, then a lot of pressure goes onto having good pistops and good warmup of tyres for the outlap. If you say no, then none of the above matter, and it's just about pure lap times. On top of that, teams could do more pitstops since they are not counted towards the average lap times, which would enhance strategy options. And as I said, winner has to be on the leading lap. So you can't go around pitting constantly for new tyres, unless the whole grid does it, which they wouldn't.
TL:DR; Change of race format. Instead of a race-to-flag scenario, where the driver who finshes first regardless of laptimes wins, we gonna have a Indycar-Oval qualifying esque type of race where the driver who has the quickest average laptime, wins. Winner has to be on the lead lap. Pole would still be very important, as would gridpositions overall. Emphasizes would be more on a qualifying style of race, on a weekend where people today probably deem Saturday to be better than Sunday. So why not transition a portion of that qualifying to the race itself?
What do you think, Good/Bad? Ideas that could better the format at hand or do you have better formats? Let me know. These ones above are not perfect. There might be obvious things that I haven't considered that would make these obsolete.