2021 was a great season for SO many reasons. We had the best championship battle in years, incredible racing up and down the grid, and even some surprise winners. But there was one change that F1 made, which received plenty of support from fans: reducing free practice sessions to just one hour.
Okay, so it wasn’t the kind of news story you needed to write home about. In fact, it was only a tiny tweak to the way the 2021 season operated in the grand scheme of things.
However, many of us got behind the change as less running time on the track meant less data for teams, which would hopefully make things more exciting when it came to race strategies, for example.
But, according to racingnews365 , there’s plenty of change on the way to the F1 schedule this season that includes bringing back the hour and half of practice we used to see.
We’ll still have two FP sessions on Friday, separated by at least two hours, and each lasting 90 minutes. Although this isn’t yet confirmed by F1, it’s reported that FP1 could start around 13:00 local time, with FP2 starting later at around 17:00 and going on until 18:30.
There will also be media duties and briefings in between all of this.
Fast forward to Saturday, and FP3 will remain the same, an hour-long before qualifying.
We’re guessing the F1 teams will be grateful for the extra practice sessions with these new regulations being enforced in 2022!
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