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F1 Sprint Race Rules Could Change

There may be adjustments to the new sprint qualifying format.

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There may be a rewrite of the sprint race regulations.

Should any issues arise, the FIA and F1 are taking a collaborative and flexible approach to refining rules.

After several meetings, team sporting directors acknowledged that it was necessary to have a further discussion.

As this is new territory, it may only be minor alternatives to the present sprint race technical regulations. Michael Masi, F1 racing director said, “The regulations traditionally have been structured in a very specific format and way around a Grand Prix taking place without sprint qualifying happening.”

Right now, the Sprint Qualifying is set to be a quick and short spectacle of a race over 100km for about 30 minutes. Drivers will push it the limit flat out. The finishing order will determine the grid for race day.

Qualifying will be for one hour divided into three segments with only soft tyres allowed. This in turn lets drivers have free tyre selection for Sunday.

Regarding the future, Ross Brawn, F1 managing director, motorsports said, “We’re considering these weekends being Grand Slam events, spread through the season, so it is something different.”

The sprint racing format will debut at Silverstone, Monza will follow and later on another soon to be named venue in 2021.

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