Canadian GP opposed to two-day race weekends – Formula 1

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The new course that Formula 1 is launching in a 2021 perspective is slowly emerging. The GP maximum limit for a season has been raised to 25, even if it is not necessarily said that we should actually reach that figure. Meanwhile, however, already in 2020 with the entry of Vietnam and the Netherlands and the exit of Germany alone, the record quota of 22 races will be reached. In new weekend format, presented in Austin and also active since 2021, the intention is to reduce the days of presence of the teams by "canceling" on Thursday and moving the activity with the media to Friday morning, with free practice in the afternoon. After what happened in Japan due to the typhoon Agibis, with the qualifications and the race both held on Sunday, there is however who has also proposed to reduce the presence of the cars on the track to just two days, also canceling on Friday.

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A hypothesis that had found favor among the others of Lewis Hamilton and that could be taken into consideration if indeed the number of GPs still increased. Not all professionals, however, welcome this possibility. "I was one of the people opposed to this move – stated to Le Journal de Montreal Francois Dumontier, head of the Canadian GP organization – Friday is a very important day for us". The compromise currently reached, however, seems to have calmed the fears of the North American circuit: "I had concerns when I heard about them – admitted Dumontier – but after discussing it in Austin I was reassured. It is true that the drivers will no longer be present on the circuit on Thursday, but the mechanics will still have to work on the cars, so there will not be many changes " he concluded.

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