As some of you probably already know, this weekend the DTM are running a unique format for a non-championship race at the Munich Olympic Stadium. Two cars start in opposing lanes and race one another for several laps (which includes a pit stop). In a knockout format, the winning driver advances to the next round and the loser is elimated. It’s similar to the Race of Champions, except that the circuit does not cross over.
I’m wondering if such a format could be used in Formula 1. It would have to be a non-championship race of course, and if the sport could find a stadium that could support it (what’s London planning on doing with their stadium after the 2012 Olympics?), but I think it would be an interesting concept. Especially if it were a pre-season exhibition race.
On a similar note, I’ve often thought a rally-style super-special stage would be a good idea for Formula 1, but rather than having cars go head to head, it would be like a conventional racing circuit: two rings of three kilometres each, to allow for maximum spectator viewing.