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Sport Sebastian Vettel against sprint races: "That doesn't make any sense!"

23:35  03 march  2021
23:35  03 march  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Sebastian Vettel is a friend of sprint races . He made that clear on the sidelines of the Aston Martin presentation. "That doesn't make sense," says the German with clear words. In his view, the proposal steers the focus away from the real problems of sport.

The four-time world champion is not the first driver to speak out against the new Formula 1 proposal. The drivers are concerned that a sprint race on Saturdays will reduce the value of the Grand Prix and that victories in the main race could be watered down.

"I don't know what the underlying idea is," says the 33-year-old, but adds: "I don't like [the proposal]. Why should there be a pre-final before a final? What is the idea behind it? I understand not, "he says clearly.

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Why Vettel rejects a sprint race on Saturday

"If there is a race on Saturday, I will have to take part because I still want to drive on Sunday, but from my point of view that doesn't make any sense." The discussion about a sprint race has been going on since last year.

After an initial proposal, which would have included a reversed starting order on Saturday, was rejected by the teams, Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali now proposed a modified form: on Saturdays, shorter, around 30-minute races should be run without pit stops.

The qualifying for this first race would be brought forward to Friday and the afternoon practice would be canceled. The result of the sprint race would also define the starting order for the Grand Prix on Sunday. The Formula 1 Commission basically voted for in mid-February.

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The hope of those responsible: Bring more excitement into the racing action and make the grid for the Grand Prix more interesting. A working group is now to work out further details, and a final decision is expected at the end of March.

Vettel, however, suspects a completely different intention behind the advance: "Maybe it shifts or distracts the focus from the actual problem. It is more of an patch than a solution."

Because, from his point of view, the format of a Grand Prix weekend does not need to be reformed, but rather other adjustment screws need to be turned. "A Grand Prix has always been around 300 kilometers long, that was the big challenge at the weekend."

What Lance Stroll would like instead of sprint races

There are completely different problems that the sport needs to solve more urgently, according to the German. And he is not alone in this opinion. The Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez are also unsure about their plans. Both find the suggestion " risky ".

Vettel's ex-team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, however, also sees the danger that a sprint race could distract from the actual main attraction, the Grand Prix on Sunday. "There are bigger, more fundamental issues that the sport needs to address," agrees Lance Stroll.

"It could be great, I'm not against the idea, it's not ridiculous. But it's one of those things, like any rule or format change: there are always question marks until we try it to see how it works affects sport. "

The Aston Martin driver would rather have a more competitive field and be able to drive closer wheel-to-wheel duels. "We can't do that if we lose downforce when driving behind and the tires are so sensitive to heat that we fall out of the temperature window of the tires and lose grip."

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