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Formula 1 move to cut Friday practice sessions

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Friday's running could be cut to just one session (©GettyImages)
Friday's running could be cut to just one session (©GettyImages).

Plans to see a reduction of running on a Friday before a Grand Prix were announced over the Canadian Grand Prix weekend in an attempt to cut costs.

The proposed change could come into effect as early as next season and would see just one free practice session taking place in the late afternoon.

This change would allow the teams to arrive at Grand Prix venues a day later and would help in a number of ways such as travel expenses and the actual cost of running the car.

Some believe that these changes would be beneficial for the sport and the fans as a later start on a Friday would allow fans to come to the track from either work or school on a Friday afternoon.

Whilst the promoters are backing the idea some teams believe that a reduction in track time will not help cutting costs and will handicap them in their attempt field their reserve driver in the Friday morning sessions.

If these changes do come drivers such as Giedo Van Der Garde of Sauber, Caterham's Alexander Rossi and Williams reserve driver Felipe Nasr will all have to wait until the an in season test to have a chance in the car however they too also look to be scrapped.  

Whilst the changes have been approved by the teams the changes must be accepted by the FIA World Motorsport Council before they can come into effect. Autosport believes that the F1 Commission and the World Motorsport Council will meet later this month and will discuss the proposal.

Currently it is unclear whether or not this will effect the already scandalous ticket prices that fans currently pay, it looks as if we will not get an answer for a few months.  

 

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