Sport decision today: Sprint race in Silverstone likely

14:41  11 march  2021
14:41  11 march  2021 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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Formula 1 will vote on a qualifying race in Silverstone this Thursday - It would be a revolution, but the subject is sensitive

The first sprint race of Formula 1 could already be on July 17th, 2021 take place as part of the British Grand Prix. A corresponding proposal for a qualification race will be voted on by the teams today, Thursday. The signs are good that the proposal will be accepted.

As expected, the controversial " Reverse Grid " will not be used. Instead, a qualifying for the sprint race on Saturday is to take place on Friday. This is where the starting positions for the Grand Prix on Sunday will be extended.

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"We're just spinning out the last subtleties," says Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali to the ' Daily Mail '. "Of course we don't want to take anything away from the prestige of the actual Grand Prix."

That was one of the biggest points of criticism from opponents of the sprint race, which under the motto "short and sweet" could be more spectacular than the Grand Prix itself. With the drivers, the proposal meets with criticism in part.

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How much risk are drivers willing to take in a sprint race?

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"The race will take half an hour," said the former Ferrari team boss, who was also Lamborghini CEO, head of Audi Sport and chairman of the FIA's monoposto commission.

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"It will ensure good action the day before the [big] race. Fans, media and radio will have more to report. There will be no awards ceremony - it will have to wait until Sunday."

However, there should be championship points. How many is still open at the moment. It is now common in many series that points are also awarded for qualifying. And that is exactly what the sprint race should be - an extended qualifying in race form.

Other candidates for sprint races are currently Monza, Sao Paulo and Montreal . Of course, everything also depends on the further course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With images from Motorsport Images .

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