The announcement that Formula 1 would check sprint racing at three Grands Prix this yr was greeted with a optimistic response from the pilots this Thursday in Portimao.
This week, F1 confirmed the introduction in 2021 of sprint races at three occasions (Silverstone, Monza and Brazil) to be able to research the influence of such a race weekend format to probably introduce the races. sprint from subsequent season in Formula 1.
During three Grands Prix this yr, there’ll due to this fact be a qualifying session on Friday afternoon after the primary free observe of the weekend.
The results of this Friday qualifying session will decide the beginning grid for the sprint race on Saturday, whereas the outcomes of that sprint race will decide the beginning grid for the principle race on Sunday.
It has been determined that the highest three within the sprint race on Saturday will obtain factors, with the primary receiving three factors, the second two factors and the third one level.
Asked concerning the topic this Thursday on the eve of the Portuguese Grand Prix, a lot of the drivers welcomed this measure.
” I all the time stated we have now to have some sort of totally different format all year long on sure tracks. “ Lewis Hamilton stated for his half.
” So I respect the truth that they’re open-minded and make adjustments. I hope that through these experimental weekends the sport will learn a lot about how we can deploy better races in the future. “
Quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel predicts weekends “Intense” : ” It makes the weekend, I feel, a little bit extra intense. “ stated the German.
” You have less time to prepare, you have to find your final setup very quickly after your first entry on the track – but it will be the same for everyone and we will soon find out how it goes, if we like it, if the people like it, what it could bring to the weekend. “
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc for his half insisted that F1 nonetheless had to ensure to maintain the normal Grand Prix on Sunday.
” I’m pretty happy we’re trying this and it’s good that we have three Grands Prix where we’re going to try this. “ stated the Monegasque.
” I think the most important thing is that it doesn’t devalue the Sunday event which is the main race, and it should remain the main race. But having a sprint race can be interesting and we will also see the cars being pushed to the maximum from the first to the last lap, which will be good for us drivers. “
The younger Mick Schumacher, who begins his profession in F1 this yr, indicated for his half that he wouldn’t be too misplaced with the sprint races, specifically as a result of in Formula 2 this racing format is used throughout the weekends. of Grand Prix.
” Obviously I feel it is one thing [auquel nous sommes] regulars in Formula 2, so it isn’t too new. “ stated the German.
” But I really think it’s going to be very difficult for the teams, especially if there are reliability issues or even crashes or something like that, then it’s going to be very difficult.”
” I might say that it will likely be essential to get to the top, to run a clear race. For me, as a rookie, the Grand Prix [complet] is sort of beneficial, fairly particular and new. “
“But I’m all the time open to new issues and I feel it will likely be fairly new in Formula 1, and I feel it is nice that we are attempting one thing totally different. “