Parc Fermé will be moved to Friday during the sprint race weekends. Another change during the season.
Translated from AMuS:
Problem with clutch in sprint qualification Aston threatens to cancel training
GP Great Britain
The sprint qualification debuts at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone. However, not all issues have been fully discussed.
Aston Martin, Alpine and McLaren fear a problem with their clutches. It goes so far that you may have to skip a training session.
Formula 1 celebrates a premiere at the GP England. It actually sounds very simple. One of the three free practice sessions will be replaced by a mini grand prix over 100 kilometers. In total, there are no longer terms. On the contrary. In an average free practice session on Friday, drivers cover between 120 and 170 kilometers.
And yet something changes from the perspective of the teams. The parc fermé is pushed forward by one day.
With the qualification on Friday the cars are no longer allowed to be touched. Exceptions are the brakes, spark plugs, filters and damaged parts.
But the clutch is not one of them.
And now three teams are worried about it. Aston Martin, Alpine and McLaren usually change or service their clutches after the two Friday practice sessions. This is no longer possible with the sprint race procedure.
Aston Martin team manager Andy Stevenson is annoyed: "These clutches were built for a different purpose. They need new washers and maintenance after 300 kilometers. If we had known what to expect before the season, we would have built different clutches. If we had have to drive with a clutch for a whole weekend without refreshing, we cannot guarantee that it will hold up. "
At the second Spielberg race there will now be another discussion with the FIA.
Stevenson threatens: "If the FIA does not give in, we may have to skip a training session. That cannot be in the spirit of the inventor."
The whole German article.