Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali: Crazy Plans / Formula 1

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali: Crazy Plans / Formula 1


57-year-old Formula 1 manager Stefano Domenicali is open to anything that can make the premier class more attractive. Some of his ideas make longtime fans’ hair stand on end.

Stefano Domenicali, General Director of Formula 1 since 2021, has emphasized several times: “We are expanding our antennae in every direction when it comes to making our sport more attractive.”

There is much to talk about, for example, about the expansion program of the Formula 1 World Championship. Ferrari’s long-time racing boss Domenicali: “The aim is to hold about a third of the world championship in Asia, a third in Europe and a third one America.” A return to Kyalami (South Africa) is planned for this purpose. The 57-year-old from Imola said: “No Grand Prix organizer can be sure of himself.”

The format of the race weekend should also be more exciting. Following a controversial introduction to the race (at Imola, Austria and Brazil this season), Domenicali is keen to see the Mini GP on more weekends and the Italian’s recent plans to see how free practice can be improved.

In a conversation with our colleague Daniele Sparisci from Corriere della Sera, Domenicali says: “We have to try new formats, it would be easy to find excuses not to do it. But this is the principle of life. The purists turn up their noses, of course, but if we look back, there were several qualifying formats in Formula 1, for example. We can’t afford to miss any more concerts.”

“I want the drivers to always have to fight for something that is important in the championship fight. The sprint race is just the first example, and it can be improved. I also want the free practice sessions on Friday to be improved and maybe points will be awarded for that. I want Friday to be most importantly with a view to Saturday’s race, possibly instead of a third practice session, possibly with a reverse grid style device.”

“Everything is on the table. I know a lot of fans don’t like reversed starting positions. But we’ve seen in several cases how exciting it is when the stars are forced to align, we get more chances. We have a responsibility to take all this into account.”

Italian Grand Prix, Autodromo Nazionale Monza

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:20:27.511 h
02. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +2.446sec
03. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +3.405
04. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +5.061
05. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +5.380
06. Sergio Perez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +6.091
07. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +6.207
08. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri, +6.396
09. Nyck de Vries (NL), Williams, +7.122
10. Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, +7.910
11. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +8,323
12. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, +8.549
13. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, +1 lap
14. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, +1 Rde
15. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, +1 lap
16. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +1 lap
outside
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren, engine failure
Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, Energy Recovery
Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine, loss of water, engine overheats
Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, energy recovery

Championship status (after 16 of 22 races)

the driver
01. Verstappen 335 points
02. Leclerc 219
03. Perez 210
04.Russell 203
05. Sainz 187
06.Hamilton 168
07. Norris 88
08. Okon 66
09. Alonso 59
10. Botta’s 46
11. Gas 22
12. Magnussen 22
13. Hag 20
14. Ricciardo 19
15. Schumacher 12
16. Tsunoda 11
17.zhou 6
18. Walk 5
19. Albon 4
20. De Vries 2
21. Latifi 0
22. Nico Hulkenberg (D) 0

Builders Trophy
01. Red Bull Racing 545 points
02. Ferrari 406
03.Mercedes 371
04. Alpine 125
05. McLaren 107
06. Alfa Romeo 52
07. Haas 34
08. Alpha Tauri 33
09. Aston Martin 25
10. Williams 6