McLaren’s chief executive has revealed that Formula One could scrap current Friday pre-Grand Prix practice sessions in favour of a more spectator-friendly $1 million competition.
Martin Whitmarsh, who is also on a committee examining ways of increasing F1 revenue, is aware that the usual two 90-minute practice sessions attract few spectators with drivers often staying in the garage to preserve tyres.
He told the autosport.com website: "Is this good value? Does it help the show?"
"Or do you perhaps do something where you say ‘Let’s cut it down to 45 minutes only’. Maybe you give a completely different specification of tyres, a really hard tyre, and you create a mini-competition where everyone tries to set the fastest time and you give a million dollars to the winning driver?"
Other changes to the sport could be imminent. Ferrari and McLaren have both attacked the safety car rule that decided last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, describing it as "humiliating" and "hopelessly wrong" for Formula One.
Written by James Christie