Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso has made a bold request to the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile), asking for a major rule change regarding the qualifying format in the sport.
Alonso, who recently made his return to F1 with the Alpine team after a two-year absence, is proposing that the current knockout-style qualifying be replaced with a sprint race format on Saturdays.
Speaking to reporters, the Spanish driver explained his rationale for the proposed change, suggesting that it would add more excitement to the weekend and provide a better show for the fans.
“I think we need to change the qualifying format. I would like to see a sprint race on Saturdays instead of the current system. It would be more fun for the fans and would create more action on track,” Alonso said.
The current qualifying format consists of three knockout sessions, with the slowest drivers being eliminated at the end of each session until the fastest driver secures pole position.
Alonso’s proposal for a Saturday sprint race would see a shorter race, around 100 kilometers, take place to determine the starting grid for the main race on Sunday.
While the proposal has not been officially brought to the FIA, it has garnered attention and sparked discussions within the F1 community.
The FIA has not yet responded to Alonso’s request, but it will be interesting to see if the governing body considers the proposed rule change in the future.
If implemented, Alonso’s suggested rule change could add a new dynamic to the sport and potentially shake up the traditional qualifying format that has been in place for years. Time will tell whether the FIA will take Alonso’s proposal on board and make the change that he is advocating for.