Today will see the infamous Formula One strategy group discuss a number of topics including moving the usual race start time of 2pm, for the core European races.
The strategy group comprises of the teams, the FIA and Liberty Media. Topics up for discussion also be probable changes to the entire race weekend, starting with Thursdays and the pressers. TJ13 understands that it’s very likely we’ll see a relocation of race start times backwards from the usual 2pm and adjusting them individually for the venues in Europe, as is already common practice in overseas GP’s.
This move is no doubt required to accommodate the various unrelated ‘Super Bowl’ like peripheral events planned for the 2018 F1 calendar. Liberty finally understand that it’s close to impossible to make significant alterations to the sport in the short term, but they must see some return on their investment after they became the majority shareholder of F1 this time last year. The simplest method of which is to increase the commercialised sponsorship partners to the sport. The result are these sponsored ‘events’ dotted around the main race and hosting venue, supposedly to entertain the crowds but more crucially increase revenue. The timing of the first free practice session and the FIA press conferences will also be debated. No doubt the first casualties of this mandate.
Another point of discussion will be to separate the drivers weight from the minimum final car weight along with the long term direction of aerodynamics with the creation of a new working group plus the positioning of the drivers’ names and numbers on their cars.