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Formula 1 Emilia-Romagna GP
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Why F1’s Imola experiment won’t become a permanent fixture

OPINION: Formula 1 introduced an abbreviated weekend format for its first Emilia Romagna Grand Prix that was met with plenty of praise from paddock insiders, but there are a few immovable stumbling blocks that will prevent it becoming the norm...

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"These compact race weekends, we like this challenge of getting everything sorted in only one session before you're heading into qualifying. And in the end, I think if it helps to save running costs for us teams, if it helps to reduce the number of days being away from home for our guys in the team and if it works out with F1, obviously with all their contracts, it's definitely something we would support a lot."

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl was one of the many paddock figures asked for their verdict on Formula 1's trial of a two-day format for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola last weekend. Without the luxury of two sessions on Friday, teams had their work cut out to condense their run plans to a single 90-minute session before qualifying, in which they had to conduct a proper assessment of tyre wear on the three tyre options, as well as finding a good set-up for qualifying.

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