Update to the Liberty media story:
In an effort to make the sport more appealing to the American public, Liberty Media are proposing some very seismic changes to an F1 weekend.
A proposal under serious consideration is a big revamp of the race weekend as we know it along with re-aligning the calendar to be more US and Euro friendly.
A short ‘sprint’ race on Saturday along with drastically shortening the Sunday race will be a possible solution to capture the US public and entice them away from NASCAR. A total removal of Friday practice would also be considered in an effort to condense the whole show to two days.
The ideas mooted have surprisingly received a ‘warm’ reaction from some senior team figures, reported by UK newspaper iSport.
“It’s doable. There’s scope to do something different on race weekends. At the moment, Sunday is showtime and everything else just builds towards that.
From a team point of view, two race days make sense, though at the moment contracts with promoters make provision for cars on track over three days, so any change would have take account of that.”
We are indeed at a time of change higher up on the Richter scale than we thought possible…
Gold, Silver and Bronze anyone?