Steiner backs condensed F1 weekend schedule

Mexico City, Mexico

Mexican Grand Prix – Haas’ Guenther Steiner believes that a condensed F1 weekend schedule would be a “good way forward” as talks regarding future regulations continue.

Due to typhoon Hagibis, Formula 1 was forced into running a busier schedule on the Sunday of the Japanese Grand Prix, where teams took part in qualifying on Sunday morning ahead of the normal race time.

This prompted many to debate the pros and cons of concentrating the standard schedule of an F1 weekend, with some suggesting that easy cost-saving measures could be made.

With Formula 1 at an important stage in finalising a new wave of technical and sporting regulations, alterations to the weekend format are ‘on the table’ for discussion.

Ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix, Haas team principal Steiner gave his thoughts on the idea of a more compact schedule and expressed his support for the suggestion.

“I think to do it like this, it made for a very busy Sunday. The day flew past very quickly, you’re all very busy and everything needs to be done a lot quicker,” said Steiner.

“I don’t think it had an effect on team personnel, they just had to adapt, and our guys adapted pretty well. I would just say it was too much for one day – having both qualifying and the race on one day, but in those circumstances, it was the right decision. Everybody coped and I think it was an interesting race.

“There are talks to condense a Friday of a Grand Prix weekend. The talk is to just do running on a Friday afternoon, with all the other PR activities taking place in the morning. I think that would be a good way forward, especially with an extended calendar.”

Haas head to the Mexican Grand Prix having only finished in the points on one previous occasion; at the 2017 edition when Kevin Magnussen took eighth place.

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Luke Murphy

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