FIA will deal with F1 dash race similar as regular GP
F1 will debut its new dash weekend format on the British Grand Prix, introducing a 100km race on Saturday afternoon rather than qualifying.
The format shake-up sees qualifying transfer to Friday night, with the end result setting the grid for the 17-lap race on Saturday.
The results of the dash race will set the grid for the grand prix on Sunday. The winner will formally rating ‘pole place’ for the occasion, whereas the highest three will obtain factors on a 3-2-1 scale.
The foundations surrounding dash races have been signed off by the World Motor Sport Council earlier this week, with Masi confirming in Austria that they might be handing out penalties and coping with on-track incidents in precisely the identical means as a traditional grand prix.
“If we discover an incident that two drivers are concerned in, within the grand prix right here, we are able to apply a grid penalty for the following grand prix,” Masi stated.
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“So grid penalties and time penalties, for driving infringements and so forth, these penalties might be utilized.
“The remainder of the laws relating to energy models and so forth, which is topic to approval from the F1 Fee and the FIA World Motor Sport Council later this week, however they are going to be utilized another way and centered on the race.
“However issues that have an effect on your grid beginning place will, from the attitude of a driving infringement or something like that, might be utilized both as a grid or a time penalty on the time.”
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The dash races are deliberate to final round half-hour, however Masi confirmed that there can be a most total time applied ought to there be a crimson flag, just like how the rule capabilities in grands prix.
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“The one factor that has actually modified in that capability is the length,” Masi stated.
“So it’s clearly the dash is a notional half-hour in length, and the utmost time is both 60 or 90 minutes – I can not bear in mind off the highest of my head.
“However successfully there’s the buffer that has been added into that ought to we’ve a suspension that’s deemed obligatory.”
Silverstone will maintain the primary of three dash races deliberate in F1 this yr as a part of a trial that would see the format be expanded sooner or later relying on its success.
Masi felt it was vital for all the groups and drivers to have “a totally open thoughts” in approaching the races, in case loopholes or incidents come up that will immediate future rule tweaks.
“After the primary occasion, let’s fortunately overview internally and see what did work, what did not work, and different areas that must be refined,” Masi stated.
“With everybody concerned, it’s one thing new for all of us, notably in an F1 capability.
“The laws historically have been structured in a really particular format and means round a grand prix going down with no dash qualifying space taking place.
“So everybody’s fairly open and has stated that all of us simply have to work collectively and see what pops up, something that we have not thought-about as a lot as everybody has learn them inside out at present.”