Is the sprint race the solution to improve Formula 1 shows?

It would be played on Saturdays and will define the starting grid for Sunday's competitions. The new format would be tested at the GP's in Canada, Italy and Brazil.


In his eagerness to give more excitement to Great prizes from F1, those responsible for the organization of the championship want to implement a new system to define the positions of the starting grid of the competitions: through a sprint that would be disputed on Saturday. To get rid of doubts, the idea is to test the format on at least three dates, which would be the Canadian GP's, Italy y Brazil.

“The idea has received very good feedback from everyone involved. This will give us more excitement during the weekend and will be beneficial for all parties involved ", he assured Stefano Domenicali, the man designated by Liberty Media to handle the fate of the Maximum.

F1"It is a subject that we will be discussing with the teams and the International Automobile Federation in the coming weeks to present the final format before the start of the season in Bahrain"added the former team-manager of Ferrari.

Precisely, from the Scuderia his successor Mattia binotto gave him the right. “We think switching to something more spectacular and eventually unpredictable will be great. We support change if that change somehow achieves the goal for which it was created ”, Dijo.

The measure also received approval from Toto wolffResponsible for Mercedes. “I have seen in other series, such as the DTM, that it doubled its audience by introducing a format of one race on Saturday and another on Sunday. And that, obviously, can be monetized. I think if we did this without any interference to create a fake show, then it would be wise to try ", Assured.

“I'm not sure we like the result because qualifying as we have it today is a real qualifying, whereas a sprint always carries the risk of damage which can be costly and have a huge impact on Sunday's grid, but also in performance capacity. It's sure to create controversy too, but if we try it for three races in 2021 in the right setting, we'll be ready. "added the head of English Lewis Hamilton and the finnish Valtteri Bottas.

And what do the pilots say? The analysis of Spanish is interesting Carlos Sainz, brand new acquisition of Ferrari. “I think until we try it, we won't know if it's good or not. But it is very important that the main race, the Grand Prix, does not lose value. It is dangerous to have two winners in the same weekend. We need to make sure that there is only one in which we do double shift ”, the Madrilenian warned.

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