F1 approves sprint races plan at three rounds in 2021

Formula 1 teams and the championship’s bosses have unanimously supported the plan for sprint qualifying trials this year, with the first event set for the British Grand Prix. Formula One will replace the traditional qualifying format with a shortened sprint race at Silverstone, Monza and a third event this season.

It will see qualifying take place on Friday in place of the second practice session. That will follow the usual Q1-Q2-Q3 format and set the grid for a short sprint race to take place instead of the traditional qualifying slot on Saturday afternoon.

The sprint race will be held over 100km and will set the grid for the grand prix on Sunday. A pit-stop will not be compulsory, meaning it will be a flat-out race to the finish. The new format means that a maximum of nine additional points will now be up for grabs for drivers across the season in this year’s world championship battle.

The format:

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali welcomed the move, which he felt would deliver an added entertainment factor for fans.

“We are excited by this new opportunity that will bring our fans an even more engaging race weekend in 2021. Seeing the drivers battling it out over three days will be an amazing experience,” he said.

“I am sure the drivers will relish the fight. I am delighted that all the teams supported this plan, and it is a testament to our united efforts to continue to engage our fans in new ways while ensuring we remain committed to the heritage and meritocracy of our sport.”

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