Ferrari chief gives backing to qualifying shake-up
Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto thinks plans to shake up Formula 1 qualifying with an extra sprint race from 2020 will get the green light.
Liberty Media are actively looking at ways to revamp qualifying and one proposal is to stage an additional sprint race on Saturdays before raceday to help with the final qualification places.
Borrowing the idea from Formula 2, Binotto says there has already been widespread agreement from all F1 teams and he believes it will be brought in from next year, but other reports say it is just one proposal on the table and nothing has been finalised yet.
Binotto told Gazzetta dello Sport: "All the teams said yes. Including us. Therefore in 2020 it will be done."
Binotto also spoke about the planned restructuring Liberty are set to introduce in 2021 and 2022 and, while much of it is yet to be agreed upon, he says there must remain healthy "technological competition" and an idea to make all the cars equal would not work.
"Two concepts must be clear," he added. "F1 must remain a platform where technological competition exists. This is the only reason why Ferrari invests in it. We don't like any attempt to make the cars all the same. Standard parts can create reliability problems, such as clutch in F2.
"It must also remain a discipline in which the best wins. Trying to mix the cards is wrong. Ours is not a show, it is a sport."
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.