F1 teams ‘agree to scrap qualifying in favour of mini sprint race’ to decide grid positions in radical revamp.

FORMULA ONE bosses are planning to spice up Sunday's races by ditching qualifying and having a separate mini race to determine the grid.

The radical shake-up is set to be introduced next season as part of the new rules after getting the green light from team bosses at the Italian GP.

 F1 bosses are looking to revamp qualifying - a week after the farcical scenes where no team wanted to lead out first in battle for Italian GP pole

F1 bosses are looking to revamp qualifying - a week after the farcical scenes where no team wanted to lead out first in battle for Italian GP poleCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Ross Brawn, F1's Managing Director of Motorsport, had been keen to liven up the weekend format, including Saturday's qualifying session.

At the Italian GP he said: "I would like to see us in 2020 try a few things. In 2020 we have a stable platform with the cars and things aren't changing that much.

"It could be a good opportunity at one or two races to try some variations. I don't see any other way that we logically progress the race format.

"The basic race format is good, but would a sprint race be interesting or some variation in qualifying be interesting?

"I think the teams are up for doing some variations during a Saturday to see if we can touch on a better solution."

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto said that his team would support the proposed changes made by Liberty.

Binotto added: "We are in favour too. To be able to do it in 2020, we need the unanimity of all [the teams]. It will happen, after all we have joined [our support] too."

 F1 bosses have plans to overhaul qualifying

F1 bosses have plans to overhaul qualifyingCredit: Getty Images - Getty

 Ross Brawn is aiming to revamp qualifying with a mini sprint race to sort out grid positions

Ross Brawn is aiming to revamp qualifying with a mini sprint race to sort out grid positionsCredit: AFP or licensors

Racing Point team principal, Otmar Szafnauer, is also in favour of making changes to help improve the sport.

He said: "We have got further discussions in between Monza and Singapore.

"If we are to improve the show there is nothing wrong with trying and seeing how it goes, get some fan feedback and if people like it and it improves the show, I am all for it."

How The Qualifying Race Could Work

THE proposals for Saturday’s qualifying race have yet to be fully revealed, however, it is expected to be a short sprint race.

Like in the lower categories, the race will last for 45 minutes, around half the time of an F1 GP.

In theory it could be a flat-out race to the flag, where pitstops are optional, meaning teams are not forced to change tyres mid-race like in a GP.

The outcome of the qualifying race could see championship points awarded to the winning driver to make it an incentive.

Saturday’s result would then determine the grid for Sunday where the winner starts from pole.

Or, F1 bosses could be bold and use Saturday’s results to form a reverse grid, where say the car that finished 10th starts on pole, and the Saturday winner starts in 10th, forcing the driver to fight through the field to win the GP.

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