Method 1’s managing director of motorsports Ross Brawn believes features of the game’s first ever Dash on the British Grand Prix had been “sensational.”
Silverstone is the scene for the primary of three trial occasions this season the place qualifying takes place on Friday night and units the grid for a 100km Dash qualifying race on Saturday, with the results of that offering the grid for Sunday’s grand prix. After Max Verstappen received from second on the grid in an inaugural Dash that featured loads of motion, Brawn was delighted with the format’s first impressions.
“More than happy,” Brawn mentioned. “It’s a very new idea for Method 1. I believe one of many issues all of us noticed right now was a racing driver is a racing driver and so they’re by no means going to take it straightforward. That first lap or so was utterly nail-biting and sensational, after which we had the little duels in the remainder of the race.
“Fernando Alonso’s efficiency right now was sensational — obtained my vote for the spotlight of the race. I’d purchase a ticket for that on daily basis, so we’re very happy.
“We’ll let the mud choose the weekend, spend a while with the FIA and the groups, try to perceive if there’s some evolutions we wish however we received’t be altering the elemental format this 12 months. I believe after the three races we are able to sit down and see the place we go from right here. However thus far very optimistic.”
With Lewis Hamilton quickest in Friday qualifying however getting a poor begin within the Dash, Brawn dismissed the notion that his lack of a pole place devalues the qualifying session.
“He’s second, and he has a very robust perception… if that had been the right race right now he wouldn’t have received it, so subsequently he has one other alternative tomorrow to consider the beginning, take into consideration the tires, take into consideration how he approached it, so take a look at it from that perspective.”
Nonetheless, Brawn acknowledges that maybe the way in which a polesitter is credited would possibly want revisiting, with the Dash winner being listed as taking pole place for the grand prix quite than the quickest driver in Friday’s qualifying session.
“I believe that’s an excellent level and perhaps one thing we want to consider if there’s some change within the nomenclature of what we’re doing, and will Friday be the pole place — it’s issues like that we’ll discuss and talk about with the FIA and groups. However we are able to’t be held again by historical past; we have to respect historical past however we must not ever be held again by historical past.”
Brawn provides the essential think about figuring out the success of the Dash shall be how followers react.
“On the finish of the day that’s the essential factor. We’re already getting huge suggestions — optimistic — from the followers on social media. They adore it. However there shall be followers who make some feedback, what they didn’t perceive or respect and we’ll take that into consideration as properly.”