In the round-up: F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has dismissed the idea of two-day race weekends, potentially leaving room for a new sprint-race format.
No move to two-day F1 weekends
Last season the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was held across just two days, with no Friday practice running taking place, allowing teams extra time to set up following a long journey from the preceding weekend’s race in Portugal.
At the time, there had been speculation the format was being tested ahead of a move to two-day weekends, with running only on Saturdays and Sundays. However, since then, the question of sprint races has dominated discussions about any format change for a grand prix weekend.
In a video for Formula 1, Domenicali confirmed that two-day weekends were not an option for the future, saying that promoters were not willing to compromise the offering to fans. “All the organisers really want to have a full experience for the people and for the crowd, so we need to respect that,” he said.
Shell run quarter of a million simulations for 2022 F1 fuel
Formula 1 fuels are changing to have a higher percentage of biofuels in 2022 and Shell F1 Fuels Development Manager Benoit Poulet says that their team have run 250,000 digital simulations to develop the new mix.
“Since 2020, FIA regulations have changed slightly so we are now limited to just one fuel and engine oil formulation for the entire season, and we can no longer introduce in-season developments.” He explained, to emphasise how important it is to get the fuel right by the time 2022’s season starts. “This makes testing even more important than during previous years.”
In order to prepare, without being able to exhaustively run the new fuels, Poulet says digital simulations have been used extensively. “As a result, we’ve increased the number of digital simulations we’ve been running to ensure we find the best formulation to support the power unit all year round and at every circuit on the calendar. In fact, in the last two years, we have used advanced digital technology in more than 500,000 fuel simulations, 250,000 of which have been dedicated to the 2022 increased biofuel formulations.”
“Expecting Grosjean to be a regular top-10 competitor might be asking a lot, but he figures to shine in some events. Jones could surprise by showing the talent exhibited in 2016 when he won the Indy Lights championship.”
“It’s clear that several of our competitors have taken a step forward, although it’s difficult to be certain of the true running order from one race. This will only become clearer as the season progresses, with different conditions at circuits with different characteristics.”
“The current track layout now features a section of flat-out acceleration from the exit of Rivazza 2 to the Tamburello chicane, with the Variante Bassa having been removed from the section which is also home to the only DRS zone.”
“It will take hard work, dedication and commitment, knowing our rivals are toiling just as hard to nudge ahead of us: but hard graft need not scare us. As Horace himself also said, ‘nil sine magno vita labore dedit mortalibus’ – life grants us nothing without hard work.”
“I can feel a lot of improvements there and can see a lot of improvements, which I am really, really happy with. I have a huge amount of confidence coming off the tests, I was really, really happy with how they went, but that cannot turn to arrogance.”