RaceFans Round-up: Two-day weekend format isn’t suitable for every grand prix

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In the round-up: Following Formula 1’s experiment with a two-day race weekend, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says three-day events should remain at grands prix which attract large audiences.

What they say

With a record 23 races on the 2021 F1 calendar, a two-day race weekend could reduce strain on teams but Wolff says it isn’t suitable everywhere:

I like it very much. It’s so compact, lots of adaptability needed. You just have to get the car in a good position straight from the get go and there’s not a long time to analyse data and run the simulator overnight. And in that respect is something new and I like it.

I don’t think it works for every track. There will be big races, hopefully, with a lot of spectators again, where a three day event makes a lot of sense.

I’m thinking about Melbourne and the amount of people there and the narrative, the content that we can provide around these tracks. So I don’t think it’s fit for everybody, but I think for here, it works really well.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

Snapshot

Alexander Albon, Red Bull, Istanbul, 2020
Alexander Albon, Red Bull, Istanbul, 2020

Red Bull and AlphaTauri held a show run in Istanbul ahead of this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix.

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