The period of the qualifying session towards the Saturday stopwatch is now competing! Indeed, so as to give a brand new spectacle to the premier class of motor racing, F1 has determined to undertake the sprint racing system on three Grands Prix in 2021. These sprint races will thus exchange the qualifying session on Saturday however will hold the purpose of designating a beginning order for the precise Sunday race. So what would be the variations with the present qualifying classes, established since 1950, and what are its specificities? Here are the main points you must know.
A qualifying race idea
Finished the qualifying session with these eradicated from Q1 and Q2. From now on, all will struggle collectively on the identical monitor throughout the identical time to find out a beginning order for the race of the subsequent day. To promote the spectacle, a race of 100 km, or 1/3 of the overall distance of the Sunday race, made its look. It ought to final about half an hour and its consequence will decide the beginning grid for Sunday's race.
But then, you will need to certainly be questioning find out how to decide the beginning grid for Saturday? The reply is easy, a traditional qualifying session will take the place of the Friday afternoon free apply session to find out the pole of the Saturday race which can decide the pole of the Sunday race… Are you continue to following?
In actuality it's not very sophisticated and may logically carry extra spectacle than at current. In addition, for the primary time within the historical past of F1, these sprint races will provide factors to the primary three. From 3 factors for the primary to 1 level for the third. This implies that a driver will be capable of rating as much as 29 factors in a weekend due to his victories in each races and the quickest race lap on Sunday.
The program of those weekends with these sprint races
In phrases of this system, the weekend clearly stays over three days and sees its Friday and Saturday days modified.
– Friday morning : Free Practice 1 of 60 min with 2 units of free tires
– Friday afternoon : Classic qualifying session with Q1-Q2 and Q3, which can decide the beginning order of the sprint race – 5 units of sentimental tires accessible
– Saturday morning : New Free Practice 2 session of 60 min with this time a single set of free tires
– Saturday afternoon : Sprint race which can decide the beginning order of the Sunday race (100 km, 2 units of free tires)
– Sunday : The race and its roughly 305 km to be coated with the remaining units of tires.
3 Grands Prix in 2021 and after?
On the desk for a number of months now, the idea will come to life in 3 Grands Prix from this 2021 season. The ten groups have validated this new format which additionally excites the drivers. If the three circuits haven't been formally unveiled, it ought to nonetheless be Silverstone, in Great Britain, scheduled for July 16 to 18, Monza, in Italy, and Interlagos, in Brazil, subsequent September and November.
For the second, the present qualifying classes must be saved in 2022. The sprint races might however be extra quite a few however could be reserved for the tracks which supply the very best degree of spectacle. So see you on July 16 to see this new format intimately and choose extra appropriately. As a reminder, the subsequent F1 assembly is scheduled in every week and a half, Sunday May 23, for the Monaco Grand Prix.