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F1 reverse-grids: Debate continues over whether shake-up required

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Bosses of Silverstone and F1 itself on the prospect of reverse-grid races to replace qualifying at second Austrian and British rounds

Last Updated: 03/06/20 10:42am










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F1 chairman Chase Carey and Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle discuss the news that Silverstone is set to host two Grands Prix in August for the revised 2020 Formula 1 season

F1 chairman Chase Carey and Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle discuss the news that Silverstone is set to host two Grands Prix in August for the revised 2020 Formula 1 season

Silverstone boss Stuart Pringle believes it is too soon to introduce reverse-grid races this season at events including his circuit’s second event, but has backed F1’s plans to continue looking at ways to shake up the spectacle.

Fresh talks have taken place between F1 chiefs and teams about the possibility of turning qualifying into a reverse-grid sprint races at select events – in this case for the unprecedented second grands prix at Austria and Silverstone when the delayed season begins.

However, the concept has again failed to carry sufficient support, with Mercedes one team who remain unconvinced by the idea.

Asked if he would have welcomed a reverse-championship Saturday race at Silverstone, Pringle told Sky Sports News: “I don’t think it would be appropriate this season because everybody set off on a championship battle knowing what the format was.

“But I don’t think it’s a no for the future and I know that Formula 1 has put a lot of time in looking at the quality of the show and the quality of the racing and what needs to be done.”

Pointing out that starting with the fastest cars at the back of the grid is not without precedent in motorsport, with such events taking place in England before the world championship began, Pringle added: “There are probably reasons why that might be a challenge in this day and age.

“But everything should be explored, just not in the middle of the season.”

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Ted Kravitz rounds up all the latest Formula 1 news after the sport confirmed its 2020 season will be starting on July 5 in Austria

Ted Kravitz rounds up all the latest Formula 1 news after the sport confirmed its 2020 season will be starting on July 5 in Austria

F1 talks to continue on new ideas

Mercedes have argued that the excitement generated by the sport alone should be sufficient, without the need for artificial measures. Rivals Red Bull, however, insist it would be the perfect time to try something new.

F1 chairman Chase Carey agrees that the sport should not search out “gimmicks” – but is confident there are ways to explore new ideas to enhance it without disrespecting history and traditions.

Carey told the official F1 website: “We’ve talked about a couple in the coronavirus context of these two races [Austria and Britain]. At this point we’ve had one that’s been publicised about a reverse grid that not all teams were comfortable with and making changes in this short timeframe requires unanimity of support.

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A proposal to introduce reverse-grid races in F1 2020 is unlikely to be accepted due to opposition from Mercedes, says Christian Horner on the F1 Show

A proposal to introduce reverse-grid races in F1 2020 is unlikely to be accepted due to opposition from Mercedes, says Christian Horner on the F1 Show

“We’re changing almost real time inside the season, but we’ll continue to look at ideas. We want to make sure they’re not gimmicks. It’s a great sport with great history, great heroes, great stars, incredibly talented drivers and other individuals so we want to respect everything to a degree but we want to make sure that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t look at ways to make some changes.

“To some degree, this season being unique gives a little bit more opportunity to try something that I don’t think we would do unless we thought it was a real possibility to add something to the race. But I think we’ll continue [talks] but it won’t be unique to this. I think we always want to be challenging ourselves and [looking at whether] there other things we can do to make the sport better.”

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Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle has credited the government with understanding the ‘importance’ of Formula One, with quarantine rules set to be waived to allow two Grands Prix to go ahead later this summer

Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle has credited the government with understanding the ‘importance’ of Formula One, with quarantine rules set to be waived to allow two Grands Prix to go ahead later this summer

How can Silverstone create atmosphere without fans?

Meanwhile, with two fan-less grands prix confirmed for Silverstone at the start of August, Pringle is confident F1 will work together with the circuit on ways to enhance the spectacle and atmosphere for TV viewers.

“Liberty Media, the owners of Formula 1, they are absolute pros in the entertainment business,” said Pringle, Silverstone’s managing director.

“If you see what they’ve introduced over the last three years, they really have upped the quality of the show. The interaction with the heroes and making the drivers more visible. There have been many aspects, so I have every confidence there’ll be able to crack that particular nut.

“But, absolutely, we’re going to have to work on these elements.”

Sky Sports F1 is working together with Silverstone on initiatives for those who transferred their tickets to 2021 and Pringle promised the circuit will help “get the fans involved from their homes and sofas in a way that gives them at least some involvement in the race”.



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Colorado Schools select sports moving to the fall

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COLORADO — The Governor’s office is giving schools the option to move football, field hockey, and sideline spirit to the fall, which was originally slated to start in the springs due to COVID-19.

The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) requested variances for remaining fall sports but they are still being considered by the Governor’s response team.

“I think they looked at the numbers and they looked at what can be done to safely put students back on the field,” Bert Borgmann, Assistant Commissioner with CHSAA.

Originally, the athletic schedule put in place for this school year was for football, field hockey and cheer to kick off in the spring. Schools like Harrison School District Two are sticking to that format.

“The original plan gave our athletes the opportunity to get on a field and participate, “said Dave Hogan. “There were state championships there and there were there for everyone.”

But others like D11 are bringing Friday night football back this fall. D11’s Athletic Director, Chris Noll says it’s partly due to the lessening of current restrictions.

“We just felt like we need to get the kids back to some normalcy,” said Noll. “We feel we can return safely.”

Regardless of what each school choses to do, CHSAA has a schedule for both seasons.

“A champion will be crowned in both A and C seasons and if there are some limited teams in C there will be some different types of scheduling that will be created,” said Borgmann.

Prior to the decision, several students and parents voicing their concern on there not being football in the fall.

“The reality of recruiting is, if you are high school senior at this point and don’t have a Division One offer, you’re not getting a Division One offer,” said Borgmann.

As for other fall sports who didn’t get lumped in with this current variance like boys soccer and girls volleyball, CHSAA says the governor’s office has yet to approve.

“We were disappointed we wanted our volleyballers to have an opportunity, they will compete till just be in season C,” said Noll.

As of Thursday, Harrison, Sierra, Canon City and the Classical Academy have decided to not move to the fall.

Response from the Governor’s Office:

“CDPHE responded to the requests that were submitted to the agency on Saturday of this past week, which included requests for football, field hockey, cheer and dance and volleyball. CDPHE provided conditional approval for the increased rosters for all of the outdoor sports that were listed in the letter, but denied the request for variances related to indoor sports. Soccer was not one of the sports included in Saturday’s letter.”

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Coronavirus: Big White Ski Club cancels annual ski, board and sport swap – Okanagan

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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has waylaid yet another popular event: Big White Ski Club’s annual ski, board and sport swap.

The popular event was scheduled to take place Oct. 23-24 at New Life Church along Harvey Avenue in Kelowna.

This week, though, organizers said this year’s gathering has been cancelled because of coronavirus guidelines and concerns.

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“This was a difficult decision to cancel our 50th annual ski, board and sport swap, but Covid-19 restrictions on group sizes and safety protocols would make it impossible to operate our largest fundraiser of the year,” said club president Dave Willoughby.

Funds raised by the swap help support around 150 youth athletes, says Willoughby. But this year’s cancellation is expected to have a significant impact on the non-profit club’s finances.

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Willoughby, however, is hopeful the swap will take place next year.

For more information about the Big White Ski Club, including how to donate, click here and here.




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Metro Schools’ sports to begin playing games next week

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Football at high schools within Metro Nashville Public Schools will be allowed to resume on September 25.

Dr. Adrienne Battle, director of MNPS made the announcement during Mayor John Cooper’s weekly news conference.

Dr. Battle also announced girl’s soccer can return September 23.

“I’m proud to be able to say that high school students will be able to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities in person, whether they attend school in person or remain in the virtual environment,” she said.

Fans won’t be able to attend games yet, but Dr. Battle said they are working on ways to add to the school spirit.

“We will allow cheerleaders and marching bands to be at games in a way that will provide for both social distancing and a bit of game time atmosphere.”

Live streaming technology is being added to stadiums for home games as well.

Football coaches in the district were given approval to start contact practice last Friday.

Previously, district leaders said contact practice was on hold until COVID-19 conditions improved for the city.

“We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 metrics to make further determinations regarding starting games and competitions,” MNPS Spokesperson Sean Braisted said in a statement.

He added that all extracurricular social distancing guidelines and precautions have to be followed, and the district will begin to phase in extracurricular activities as conditions allow. That goes with the district’s phase-in approach to in-person learning.

Stay with News 2 for continuing coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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