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Fernando Alonso

Alonso: Formula 1 is pursuing improvements when they are not always needed

The two-time Formula 1 World Champion believes the sport should not always look at making changes.

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Fernando Alonso reckons the lack of change in some sports, including football, proves that Formula 1 does not necessarily need to develop to improve the show.

Formula 1 has been trialling a new 'Sprint' format this year, with the Brazilian Grand Prix in November set to host the final Sprint Qualifying of the season.

The format sees qualifying take place on a Friday, before a 100km race on Saturday and the main Grand Prix on Sunday.

"I think Formula 1 is always pursuing an improvement that sometimes is not needed," Alonso explained to RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press. "I don't see any other sport being so worried about making or improve the show.

"I see football, which normally is the king of sports, and there are so many games that are so boring and the following week, there is not any drama, there is no change, there are no suggestions how to change the game, to make the goal bigger, to play without a goalkeeper, to improve the show. There are no dramas, the sport is as it is.

"Formula 1 should be happy and proud as a show because this is a very big thing."

Alonso explained, if F1 does want to make changes to its format, he would be in favour of a return to one-shot qualifying as it has the potential to shake up the order.

The format was used for three seasons from 2003, taking over from the one-hour long qualifying session which Alonso is strongly against.

"Because we want to improve, for sure, my feeling is that the Friday is what is maybe dictating the rest of the weekend, because the qualifying is made by the car performance, not by the driver input," said Alonso.

"When you have only one set of tyres or one attempt, OK, the car is the most important thing, but the driver has to deliver on that minute and a half.

"When you have one hour and six sets of tyres, you make one mistake, you make two mistakes, but then you put on another set of tyres and make another mistake.

"OK, you put another set of tyres, and at the end you finish in the position you deserve or the car deserves. So that will be my opinion with experience, to really add some difficulty on Friday.

"The [idea of a] reverse grid, I will take it because I'm in a slow car, but I don't think that is fair and I don't think that Formula 1 should make that revolution either."

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