2017 F1

F1 considering introducing a Saturday race in 2017

F1 considering introducing a Saturday race in 2017

F1 considering introducing a Saturday race in 2017

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says that, race on the Saturday is being considered to replace qualifying in 2017 season.

Ecclestone and FIA President Jean Todt gave in to pressure from teams to retirn to 2015 qualifying from Chinese Grand Prix, with the new-elimination qualifying system make criticism in Australian GP and Bahrain GP.

In a statement announcing the planned change, the sport governing body FIA added: “Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone welcomed the idea put forward by the teams to have a global assessment of the format of the weekend for 2017.”

Ecclestone has revealed one option on the table would be a race on Saturday to set the order of the grid for the grand prix on the following day, though he is cautious of pushing this too hard after the debacle around qualifying this year.

“We’ve been looking,” Ecclestone said. “Basically more the qualifying than anything.

“Maybe having a race on the Saturday which would count instead of qualifying, for example. We’re looking at all these things, which would be for next year obviously. We’ve made a big enough muck up to do that for this year so must not do that again.”

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