F1 changes the format of the sprint: self-qualification and race

Formula 1 unveiled on Tuesday the new format of the six days off sprintstarting this Friday Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku, which includes a 30-minute qualification and a race of about 100 kilometers, independent of both the qualification and the main race.

An updated idea as there has only been one classification since 2021, when the format was released, and the sprint race on Saturday determined the starting places for the long race on Sunday.

With this new format, F1 is looking for more active minutes on the track with points at stake and hopes “drivers will have more incentive to take risks” in sprint races with no repercussions on Sunday.

To fit this idea, the organization is eliminating practice 2 on Friday and practice 3 on Saturday, leaving only Friday’s free practice for teams to test.

So the sprint weekend format will consist of practice 1 and qualifying for a special race on Friday, qualifying for a sprint and sprint race on Saturday, and a special race on Sunday.

In addition, the sprint classification reduces its duration to 30 minutes. Q1, in which the five slowest cars are eliminated, will last 12 minutes; Q2, where five more drivers dropped out, ten; and Q3, which determines the top ten positions, eight minutes. Similarly, a medium tire will be mandatory in Q1 and Q2, and a soft tire in Q3.

On the other hand, F1 does not change the number of points it distributes in a sprint race: eight is awarded to the winner, seven to second place, six to third, and so on up to one eighth.

This new sprint format will debut this Friday in Baku and will be applied to five other Grands Prix this season: Austria (Red Bull Ring), Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps), Taste (Lusail highway), USA (Circle of America) and Brazil (Interlagos).

(According to information from EFE)

Source: Aristegui Noticias