Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc is impatiently ready to lastly be able to take a look at the sprint races that everybody has been speaking about for a number of months now and the Monegasque thinks that the drivers will lastly be able to push the F1 cars to the restrict for a whole race.
This week, Formula 1 confirmed that sprint races will be examined at three Grands Prix this season forward of a potential introduction from the 2022 season if these checks are profitable.
In three Grands Prix this 12 months (Silverstone, Monza and Brazil), there will subsequently be a qualifying session on Friday afternoon after the first free follow session of the weekend scheduled for Friday morning.
The results of this Friday qualifying session will decide the beginning grid for the sprint race on Saturday (restricted to 100km), whereas the outcomes of this sprint race will decide the beginning grid for the principal race on Sunday.
It has been determined that the prime three in the sprint race on Saturday will obtain factors, with the first receiving three factors, the second two factors and the third one level.
” Normally we now have a very clear plan all through the weekend with EL1, EL2, FP3, however now we will solely have one session of EL1 after which we will go straight to qualifying. “ mentioned Charles Leclerc this Thursday in Portimao.
” This is something that I personally like because there is less time to study before qualifying so you could make a bigger difference compared to now. “
” Then, for the sprint race, it’s very difficult to say. I think a good thing about the sprint race is that we can finally push these cars for a whole race, 100 kilometers, at the most. It could be good for us pilots. “
” But then we’ll have to see if that’s a good thing for the category or not, which in the end is what matters most. And then the Sunday race must remain the most important event of the weekend. “
The first sprint race will happen in July at the British Grand Prix scheduled for July 16-18 on the Silverstone monitor.