Report: Liberty Media official tells teams where F1 plans to hold its 2020 qualifying races
Series wants to have three races next season where field will be set via qualifying race
Reports out of Suzuka say that Formula 1 officials have decided the location of the three qualifying races in 2020.
It is believed that Liberty Media’s Ross Brawn told the teams at Suzuka that he wants the 45 minute, reverse-grid qualifying sprint races to take place at Paul Ricard Circuit in France, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and Sochi, Russia.
There will be no mandatory pits tops and teams will be free to choose any tire compound.The grid for the qualifying race would be set in reverse order of the standings. The finishing order of the qualifying race would set the grid for Sunday’s main event.
While a wholesale qualifying format change for 2021 can be pushed through as part of the rules package, any 2020 trial of such things as the qualifying races can only take place if all the teams unanimously agree.
That appears unlikely. Indeed, after a meeting with Chase Carey during Saturday’s typhoon delay, it emerged that only four teams — Renault, McLaren, Alfa Romeo and Williams — are supportive of Liberty’s 2021 plan.
The other six want the technical rules to remain substantially the same.