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Domenicali: No two day race weekends

The Emilia Romagna GP. Credits: Daimler.

Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali has confirmed he has no plans to introduce two-day race weekends to F1 after a trial run at Imola last year.

Formula 1 returns to Imola this weekend as a 3-day format after last seasons’ Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix was compressed into two days due to logistics issues, and the success of the weekend thrust the idea of two-day weekends into the spotlight.

Domenicali today confirmed though, that last year’s Imola round was a one-off, and we are unlikely to get a two-day weekend any time soon. His reasoning behind it is the circuits prefer the traditional three-day event as they can sell more tickets and merchandise, and gain more television exposure.

“All the organisers really wanted to have a full experience for the people and for the crowd, so we need to respect that.”

In the same video call, World Champion Lewis Hamilton challenged that by looking at the environmental side of things.

“There’s 22 days less of 20 cars bombing around the track and polluting the air, the planet, so that’s a positive,” Hamilton said.

Domenicali also answered a series of yes/no quickfire questions, with some curious announcements. He said yes to an F1 race in Africa being planned in the near future, and he said yes to a second race in the USA shortly too.

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