Why motorsport should consider a midweek future

International motorsport has been the preserve of weekends, but the pandemic forced Formula E to get creative with its Berlin season finale as four races were held midweek. Should FE and other series break with tradition and repeat the experiment?

Come the early summer, restlessness had truly set in during the initial coronavirus-enforced lockdown. That bore a growing clamour for sport to return in some form or other. Whether it be the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ or for a major motorsport series to hurry together a semblance of a calendar, it was hoped these events might offer some way of a distraction.

Sport has for time immemorial been just that: a distraction, and one that took place at weekends. The first race of the 1931 European Drivers’ Championship – the forebearer to Formula 1 – was a non-championship round on the Carthage street circuit in Tunisia that took place on 29 March, a Sunday. Precedent set, motorsport has overwhelmingly taken place at a weekend.

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