Formula One teams are exploring whether they should race three cars from next season and can change qualifying to make it more challenging.
While the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) scrapped plans to form a rival series as part of a peace pact with the governing body, the leading outfits want to be at the forefront of revitalising motor racing’s premier competition.
FOTA is believed to be preparing to recommend an overhaul of qualifying to the FIA. Currently five cars are excluded after each of the first two parts of qualifying, leaving 10 cars to compete for pole in the final 10-minute session.
But a plan being explored to make the starting lineup more unpredictable is to have five cars challenge in the preliminary session, with the two fastest progressing to challenge the next group of five until the grid is determined.
The proposals are yet to be announced by FOTA, but the group confirmed on Wednesday that it will discuss with the FIA a possible expansion of the grid to 36 cars.
"Professional work has already begun within FOTA aimed at increasing the involvement of the fans and at improving the F1 show," secretary general Simone Perillo said. "Among those initiatives, one that could be interesting, is the introduction of a third car on the grid.
"FOTA will seek the opinions of all the most relevant stakeholders in order to exchange ideas and define proposals for the future of Formula One.
"FOTA teams now wish to have the necessary certainty and stability within Formula One in order to focus on those fundamental priorities for the future."