Its meant to spice up the race spice up the weekend and make it a little bit more random.. I think it is a really interesting concept and a challenge for all teams.. Normally, on Friday, we will have two one hour practice sessions where we will get plenty of time to prove the balance of the car, ensure that the car is where the driver like it. You can try low fuel levels, high fuel levels and get a balance on all conditions. For the sprint race schedule. We will have just one hour practice, so you get the car in the right place. Then we go into a one hour qualifying session just as now. Saturday morning we get another one hour practice session, where I believe most teams will run with full fuel to get the car ready for the Sunday race. But then we will do a 100 km sprint race on Saturday afternoon, which will probably carry around 35 40 kgs of fuel. From that grid position. Where you finish on Saturday, that will be your place for Sundays race.. I think it will be nice to try the sprint race format for the Grand Prix.. The usual format has been pretty standard, apart from a couple off weekend where there has been less practice, but apart from that, it will be nice to try something different and how it is going to really mix up the weekend.. I guess it can go really against you or for you, but we will find out.
From an engineering perspective. The new format does have quite an impact. One of the key things. Is we just got one hour of running this one session, after which the car goes into parc ferm, and at that point there is very very little that we can change on the car.. One of the big challenges is in this first hour. Youve got to think about how you want the setup to be youve, got to consider both the single lap and the long run performance.. You also need to set all the cooling parameters like the power unit, cooling and the brake cooling, and if you dont get those decisions right, then it could be quite a painful weekend because from that point onwards, if you go into qualifying the car is pretty much Fixed and those decisions youve got to carry through the qualifying session itself and the sprint race and the main race.. The biggest challenge for the team for sure for the engineering is finding a balance for the driver, but also for the mechanics.. We have much shorter time to work on the car straight after qualifying on the Friday. The car will go into parc ferm.. We will have three and a half hours where we can work on the car, but some of this time will be spent with the FIA. With the cars being checked for legality., We will get the car back on Saturday morning prior to Practice 2. We will have another three hours.
Generally, we have seven and a half to eight hours on a Friday evening. So you can see it is going to be quite pressed and an awful lot of work for the guys.. Less practice means you either find the flow and the good setup quickly or you dont.. So I feel like there can be a bit more variability in terms of the order in qualifying between teams between drivers.. It is more racing more to follow for the fans and more racing for us, so once we do it in Silverstone and hopefully in two other Grands Prix. I am sure we can draw a good conclusion if thats the way to go forward in the future. In some races or not., I think this new format is going to be very interesting.. A lot is going to depend on what circuits they decide to use. Silverstone its hard to now, where we are going to end up moving forward depending on what tracks they use. It could be quite exciting., It is not something you would want to use at Monaco because there is not a great deal of overtaking but other tacks. Your Spas, your Monzas, the ones where you can get a good raft on the straight, and then that could be a really good concept.. The new schedule does have quite an impact on how we work at the track and how we work with the drivers.. Its a very different race weekend and we really had to look at the whole thing afresh and consider how we schedule the analysis work that we do around it.
The simulation work that we do leading up to it. The work on the cars where we actually going to get that work fitted in and again one of the key points of how do we make sure we got that spec right in such a short space of time. Just with that single FP1 session before qualifying to make sure that we got as much performance on the car going into the race as possible. In reality, after the first sprint qualifying event in Silverstone, we will sit down and discuss what worked well, what didnt work! We can involve the drivers in those decisions so that, with the subsequent events, we can make sure we are best prepared, as possible. Qualifying is going to be maybe slightly more unexpected. You know, whoever finds the good setup quickly will b a step ahead and as a driver who finds the flow, the quickest will be in a good form in qualifying and in the sprint race. It is another risk, it is always a race start and first lap is a risk in terms of collisions and losing or gaining places.. You can lose it all in a sprint race. If you crash out of sprint race, you are going to start last for the Grand Prix, and that is going to make your Sunday really tricky.