This weekend we are heading back to Imola for the first time since its last Grand Prix back in 2006. But this wont be the only big talking point this weekend as the FIA are trying out a different strategy of a 2 day Race Weekend.
The FIA has created a new set of rules that will only be applied for this coming race weekend before returning to the standard set up.
A single Free Practice Session on Saturday Morning will last 90 minutes, and will followed by qualifying 2 1/2 hours later, giving the teams an extra 30 minutes to absorb all the information from the practice.
With no Friday Practice sessions, each driver will have fewer tyres than usual. They will now be limited to 10 Sets of Dry tyres rather than 13, 2 sets of Hard's, 2 Mediums and 6 softs. 3 sets have to be returned after practice.
FIA race director Michael Masi acknowledged in Portimao that a lot of work was required to adjust for the new layout..
"The sporting regulations for a two-day event have been voted or finalised through the World Motor Sport Council," he said. "They have required a significant amount of change to facilitate a two-day event.
"And it's compressing everything, because effectively what has occurred is all of Friday's normal activity has been removed. Even some of the elements of scheduling, of drivers' briefings and so forth, that normally happen after the first day of practice.
"It's going to certainly be interesting to see, and something I'm looking forward to. And I know having spoken to a number of the team managers that they are too. It's just something completely different."
We are finding our selves in such a strange time at the moment where Formula 1 has been to tracks where few have raced on, Where teams have little information about tyre wear and such and now the race weekend is changing. Is this the start of Formula 1 changing its recipe for success? Are they trying to create more entertainment by removing the known aspect of racing? Let us know what you think of the new layout.
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