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F1 2022

Domenicali proposes points to be awarded in F1 practice sessions

Radical ideas to how the weekend format is run could be discussed in future.

Monza 2022
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Stefano Domenicali has proposed radical changes to how Formula 1 weekends could be run in the future.

Speaking in an interview with Corriere della Sera, Domenicali floated around ideas for how the weekend format could be shaken up to include points during practice sessions and having reverse grid sprint races.

"Over the years F1 has changed the way of qualifying dozens of times. It is a need that cannot be postponed, to have even more show," he said.

"I would like to always fight for something that is valid for the title. We will address the issue in the next F1 Commission: the fans, the organizers, everyone want it. The Sprint Race was only the first example that could be improved."

Points for practice?

Domenicali has suggested that the idea of points during a practice session could be introduced to increase the competitiveness in the championship.

"In a normal weekend, the one consisting of Free Practice 1 and 2 on Friday, each session should be giving away either points, or single qualifying laps, or a qualification for a different and shorter Saturday race, instead of the third free [practice], perhaps with the mechanism of the inverted grid."

While the teams have previously rejected reverse grid sprint races, Domenicali thinks now might be the right time after the recent races in Belgium and Italy saw a number of front runners start at the back of the grid due to penalties.

He added: “We are putting a lot of things on the table. Many say no, but we have seen on some occasions the beauty of having reshuffles in the race, more overtaking. We have an obligation to try."

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