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F1 2023

F1 not looking at abolishing free practice, but tweaks possible

Formula 1 is unlikely to go down the route of eliminating free practice sessions, despite comments made by Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali at the weekend.

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Stefano Domenicali created a stir by suggesting that he would prefer to eliminate all free practice sessions from a Formula 1 weekend.

Speaking to Portuguese channel SportTV ahead of the opening round of the MotoGP season, the Formula One Group CEO commented:

"I am a supporter of the cancellation of free practice sessions, which are of great use to the engineers but that the public doesn't like."

With Formula 1 having already taken steps to shake up the format with the inclusion of Sprints at some Grand Prix weekends, discussions about further schedule tweaks have come up on numerous occasions.

RacingNews365 understands that the intention is not to scrap free practice sessions altogether, something which would be very unpopular with the competitors, but to increase their importance in a Grand Prix weekend.

Discussions about the current Sprint race weekend format are taking place, along with conversations about how practice sessions can be made more engaging, with ideas such as offering rewards or points possibly on the table.


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