I don’t know if anyone’s said anything similar but I think I have this whole thing sorted
here’s what they should do:
1. Friday consists of: FP1 followed by sprint race qualifying. The qualifying is one shot - differentiating it from the race qualifying - and they go out in reverse championship order. This means that, all things being normal (ie no rain) the track gets faster and there’s a small advantage for those lower down the championship. This achieves the aim of adding a bit more variability to the sprint grid but keeps it merit based, as you still have to do the lap.
2. Saturday consists of: the sprint race first, Grand Prix qualifying second. This not only makes the ordering of events more sequential but would enable a change where parc ferme is opened in between the two. This means competitive order might change between the sprint and the Grand Prix - meaning the weekend can evolve - and means that the teams don’t get to test their changes before locking them in again for quali (so they may or may not take a step). GP quali is unchanged.
3. Sunday is the Grand Prix, unchanged.
I still wouldn’t do it every week - keeping it special and stopping this becoming the new normal - but I do think this would build on what has worked, improve what hasn’t, and be a worthwhile addition to proceedings.