Vettel supports Max’s weekend format change ideas

Mark Scott
Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen. Bahrain March 2022

Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen share a joke. Bahrain March 2022

Sebastian Vettel has supported Max Verstappen’s calls for a change to the weekend format in Formula 1.

Ahead of the 2022 season, Formula 1 cancelled the traditional Thursday media day and moved the FIA driver press conference to the Friday morning before the practice sessions get underway in a bid to lighten the load on drivers and teams.

However, that plan has not had the desired effect as drivers and teams are still finding themselves with pretty much a full day of media commitments on a Thursday – which has quickly turned into an unofficial media day.

Verstappen made his feelings very clear on the issue at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and Vettel, too, thinks changes need to be made.

“The incentive was to make it shorter. It hasn’t worked,” Vettel said, as quoted by GPFans.

“So we need to improve. We can improve. The main thing is you want us to be excited if you have the same questions for an hour. It’s not going to be.

“We’ve been all been to the TV pen and basically our excitement is not at its peak. We need to find a better way.”

F1 2022’s only rookie driver, Zhou Guanyu, also wants changes to be made even after not fully experiencing the old format used up until the end of the 2021 season.

He would like to spend more time with his engineer as he tries to get to grips with the challenge of Formula 1 racing.


“Obviously, I haven’t experienced the old one, but I was there as a test driver for the other team [Alpine] in the past,” Zhou Guanyu said.

“It seems to be like it was with the new format. It doesn’t really increase our time with the engineers. It’s just that we do more media activity so that we don’t get to finish on Thursday earlier.

“If anything we finish at the same time but then we start Friday the same or earlier than before. Max already mentioned [that].

“So it’s something that we can take into consideration. Maybe try to do some changes. That would be nice.”

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