'Single Friday practice session from 2015'
6 June 2014 – Formula 1 is set to reduce the number of practice sessions at Grand Prix weekends from next season.
The proposal is for the sport's traditional Thursday media activities to be pushed over to Friday mornings, with just one 90-minute session being held late in the afternoon. This would, in theory, allow team personnel to arrive at a circuit one day later than usual, thus significantly cutting down on hotel expenses and travel costs.
The idea comes amid ongoing talks about how to reduce costs, as smaller teams continue to struggle. Although a full-blown cost cap had been scheduled, it was recently abandoned due to opposition from bigger outfits.
Aside from the financial benefits, it is also being argued that a later start time would increase the number of spectators watching the action trackside, with people no longer required to skip an entire working day.
With teams reportedly agreeing on the idea, it is now set to go through the Formula 1 Commission and the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC), which has the power to rubber-stamp it for the 2015 campaign.