Ferrari
Mattia Binotto

The 2021 Formula One season is shaping up rather quickly and a number of innovative changes. The latest idea is a mini-Grand Prix which could replace the current qualification system. However, it is transpired, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, that Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto that all F1 teams have given the green light.

The idea is that a new element introduced into the sport should evoke more action. If the idea gets approval a 100 kilometre race will replace the current qualification format, in order to determine the starting grid in three knockout rounds.

Speaking to La Gazzetta, he said, “All teams have said yes, including us. So in 2020 it will be done.”

Earlier, F1 managing director, Ross Brawn revealed to Sky Sports, “I would like to see us in 2020 try a few things. I think in 2020 we have a stable platform with the cars and things aren’t changing that much, and I think 2020 could be a good opportunity at one or two races to try some variations.”

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto

Quite a few Formula One teams were open to try out new things to see how the fans react. The final decision on whether the changes will be implemented will take place at a team meeting later this month.

According to Racing Point boss, Otmar Szafnauer further discussions will take place between Monza and Singapore

He said, “If we are to improve the show there is nothing wrong with trying and seeing how it goes, get some fan feedback and if people like it and it improves the show, I am all for it.”

One concern though is about the possibility of the costs increasing as a result of changing the format. Haas F1 team principal, Guenther Steiner admitted that it could cost more money. He listed items like spare parts, MGU-Ks  and the like, as they will be doing extra races.