Ok, I've just read all of your opinions about the new format. Very interesting.
Let me give you a view from my perspective. First of all, such a change will add an extra value to the Hot Lap event. It always used to be valuable, but at the same time there are many drivers who make sure to secure their position, then just move on. It should result in a slightly tighter competition than it used to be, but it won't affect every single participant, only those few who didn't give their best before.
Moving into the pre-race area. Depending on a car, but there is a very clear difference between Qualifying and Race sessions. First one is all about Hot Lapping with lowest amount of fuel and a specific setup (if possible), then second one, which in our case is usually just 5 minutes after that, is the opposite. You all do a great job of switching, but there is always that x-factor, so someone who didn't manage to switch (into Race mode) within those 5 minutes, because for example decided to take a break after a tough Qualifying session. After all it's usually 10 minutes (or more) of continuous driving at the limit. I mention all of that, because one of the main reasons was a belief that this change will basically make a substantial improvement in safety, especially early in the race, where most of the incidents occur.
From the perspective of timeline, it will definitely make it possible for us to minimize spaces between the races. I wanted to try that this week, but given that it will effectively move most of the races to earlier time (by about 10-20 minutes), there's a risk of someone missing it. Especially given that I just barely updated the thread. So, this process would require a better approach, but we might try it next week
On to the TV. There is a downside of losing the action of an open Qualifying session, but there are a few upsides. We will be able to make a proper presentation of starting grid prior to the race. Show it on the screen, commentate on it, then also show the pre-race preparations that you guys will be doing in the meantime and which will visualize the potential race paces. Have a look at the Championship standings, make a prediction. This is basically what should replace the Qualifying session.
My hope is that we all win on this change, but this is just the prediction and we will see what happens.