Wolff opposed to scrapping Friday practices

Date published: August 19 2019

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While Toto Wolff is opening to reducing the length of Friday practices, the Mercedes motorsport boss has urged F1 not to drop it completely.

F1’s powers-that-be are currently looking at ways to spice of up grand prix weekends with changes set to come into effect in 2021.

One of the proposals on the table is doing away with Friday practices.

While some drivers such as Daniil Kvyat, and even team bosses like Christian Horner, believe F1 should scrap Friday’s running and only have a Saturday practice, Wolff feels this would be a wrong move for F1.

He told RaceFans.net: “We did that in the DTM many years ago and it felt like the weekend was not spectacular and special anymore.

“If it’s cut short in two days it takes some value out of a race weekend.

“Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motor racing and it’s the World Championship among engineers, drivers and the best teams and therefore that is a thing I wouldn’t change.

“I would leave it on Friday.

“What we can think about is cutting a session short on Friday or reducing the running time to 60-and-60 minutes rather than 90 minutes.

“These are things that are worth considering but I wouldn’t go for a radical cancellation of the Friday.”

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