Valtteri Bottas offers an alternative solution to Stefano Domenicali’s Formula 1 plan

Valtteri Bottas offers an alternative solution to Stefano Domenicali’s Formula 1 plan


Remy Ramjiawan

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali suggested earlier this week that the sport should start thinking about offering free practice points and the back grid in a bid to increase entertainment value. Valtteri Bottas has his own idea and thinks a race weekend spread over two days is the best alternative.

The Italian has hinted recently that he wants to change the format of the Formula 1 weekend to ensure that every session has a competitive element. As part of this idea, Domenicali hopes to make sprint races a regular part of every weekend. In addition, the CEO is thinking about assigning World Cup points to free practice sessions, but a reversed starting position is also one of the options.

‘Less training, more action’

The 33-year-old Bottas is simple in his solution and sees the disappearance of training sessions as the best suggestion. “I don’t think we need sprints every weekend, just less training, more action. If I had to choose sprint or no sprint at the moment, I would say sprint, because we go into action on Friday,” explains Finn. Canceling practice sessions can also create more unpredictability, as teams have less practice time.

The Alfa Romeo driver doesn’t want to be upset about the sessions, but just suggests shortening the weekend. A criticism of the race format is also that Saturday training doesn’t make much sense at that time. “We didn’t talk about it, but it’s true. Usually there’s still a chance to learn something during the long run, but you can’t change the configuration anymore, so make it a two-day event,” said bottas.