The FIA sporting regulations have been substantially modified to incorporate the complexities of the Sprint Qualifying which will debut at Silverstone next weekend and then be repeated at Monza and at another venue yet to be indicated.
The FIA, F1 and the teams have all been involved in perfecting the rules through a series of meetings over the past few months. While the basic format was established at an early stage, details such as park lock restrictions and applicable penalties took some time to finalize.
However, after a meeting with the teams in Austria last week, the final version has been sent to the World Motor Sport Council, and is expected to receive approval today. Despite the enormous effort required to identify any loopholes and anomalies, Masi admitted that further changes may still be needed.
When Motorsport.com asked him if the FIA is willing to change the Sprint Qualifiying rules, the race director replied: “Absolutely. I think we have been very lucky to have had an absolutely collaborative approach since the beginning of the year.”
“We had numerous meetings, involving all the sporting directors of the teams, the FIA, and of course F1. We tried to perfect everything, leaving the necessary time for everyone to give another reinterpretation and then make other small changes”.
“Everyone has reasoned with an open mind so as to highlight any issues not previously thought of. We will adopt this way of thinking even after the first event in order to understand what worked, what did not work, and which areas need to be refined.”
“Honestly, for everyone involved, it was something new. Regulations traditionally have been structured in a very specific format and have never considered a Sprint Qualifyng.”
“Everyone was quite open and said how crucial it will be to work together and see what happens.”