Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has suggested that Formula 1 should adopt a shorter race weekend format. Current commercial rights holders Liberty Media are discussing the possibility of switching up the current format to make the weekend more exciting.
Currently, the weekend begins with two 90-minute practice sessions on Friday before a final 60-minute practice outing on Saturday morning. Qualifying shortly follows the final practice session before, Sunday hosts the Grand Prix.
Liberty is also looking to expand the number of races on the calendar, a discussion that has seen some backlash from team bosses: "Over 23 [races] I think it gets difficult," Steiner said. "But what I would look into it is maybe shorten the weekend, instead of coming here on Thursday, coming in on Friday.
"Just do one long session on Friday afternoon. I understand that the promoter want to have cars on track on Friday but we could do that all on the Friday afternoon. I would more go with something like this than to reduce the races."
2019 will have 21 races on its calendar, matching the record of 2016 and 2018. 2020 will see a new race in Vietnam enter as a world championship event, which could increase the number of races further. However, five races (Spain, Great Britain, Mexico, Germany and Italy) do not have contracts beyond their races this year.
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