Toto Wolff Would Vote In Favour Of Shortened F1 Weekends

Wolff believes such a move would “create variability”, but he warned that the financial implications should also be considered.

The unplanned cancellation of both Friday practice sessions at the Eifel GP and the scheduled two-day weekend for the upcoming grand prix at Imola have made some in the paddock begin to question if the current three-day Formula One weekend format should be changed.  

Some drivers and teams have come out in support of a shorter weekend format as they believe it may create additional unpredictability in qualifying and on race day.

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When asked for his thoughts on the proposed changes, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said: “Personally, I like it a lot. The less testing you have, the less data collection, the more you will create variability.”

These proposed changes are floating about at a crucial development period in Formula One, as teams begin to plan for the new regulations which will come into effect in 2022.

Shortened testing time seems to be of no concern to Wolff, though, who said: “If that was a proposal, they have my vote.”

Toto Wolff was, however, quick to acknowledge that a shortened weekend format would probably not be in the best interests of grand prix organisers or spectators.

“Many people are not able to afford the weekend tickets, and they can still see the Formula 1 cars on Friday, and that is something that needs to be considered when developing that idea,” he added.

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