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Sport Further doubts about sprint races: Sainz finds two winners "somewhat dangerous"

13:23  01 march  2021
13:23  01 march  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Formula 1 would like to test sprint races as the new format for the first time in its history in the 2021 season. However, the plan has not yet been officially approved, and several pilots have already expressed doubts about the concept. With Ferrari you can also tell that there are at least a few unanswered questions.

"If we don't try, we won't find out," replied Carlos Sainz when asked how he felt about sprint races. Basically, the Spaniard is not an opponent of the idea, but he notes: "Personally, I think it is extremely important that the main race, the Grand Prix, does not lose its value."

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"I think it's a bit dangerous that there could sometimes be two winners on a Grand Prix weekend," warns Sainz. So there could be a different winner in the sprint race on Saturday than in the main race on Sunday. But for Sainz it is important that there is only one real winner at the end of the weekend.

Would the main race be worth less than before?

"If there is a year we should try it, it is 2021," says Sainz, who speaks of a "good opportunity to try things like this". Team-mate Charles Leclerc sees it similarly and reveals: "From my point of view as a driver, that's pretty interesting. I think you should at least try."

He hopes that you can attack more in a shorter race than you can in a Grand Prix with a length of up to two hours. However, he also explains that there are still open questions - for example, the award of points. He also demands that the Grand Prix should not be devalued.

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"The most important thing is that the main race remains the main race and that it does not lose its value," said the Monegasse. Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto reveals in this context: "We are very involved in the talks with Formula 1 and the FIA."

Binotto: Important detailed questions still open

"We think it would be great to create a little more spectacle and possibly unpredictable races with changes," said Binotto. Therefore, the idea would be supported if the sprint races lead to the goals mentioned by him being achieved. "The talks are still ongoing," recalls Binotto.

The discussions are "very promising", but the team boss also makes it clear: "We still have to look at the details." They want to continue to work closely with everyone involved. "Hopefully we will find a good solution," said the team boss. Formula 1 would like to test the idea in three races in 2021 .

The Ferrari drivers are not the first drivers to have at least some concerns. For example, Max Verstappen has already stated that Formula 1 does not need sprint races . And Daniel Ricciardo warned not to "manipulate or artificially" shape Formula 1 .

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