Stefano Domenicali

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has praised the F1 sprint race format, calling it a critical and commercial success.

Sprint races were introduced by F1 for the first time ever this season, The idea debuted at the British GP, and returned again for the Italian GP. Fans didn’t react to the idea very well, but the CEO apparently has his own polling systems.

A third sprint race has been scheduled to take place during the Brazilian GP in November. Meanwhile, Domenicali praised the F1 sprint race format, surprisingly going against popular opinion.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Domenicali said, “We said at the beginning of the year there would be three tests this year to make sure we have the right plan for the future.

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Domenicali (right) is happy with sprint races. Source: grandprix247.com/Getty Images

“The vast majority of the comments we received were super positive. Promoters are super happy because there is something new and important on Friday and Saturday and Sunday.

“We are receiving this positive feedback therefore we need to know next year we have a great plan where we will consider also the points highlighted by people who did not like this format. Generally speaking, it has been an incredible success.

Measured integration

“I can say we will not go everywhere with the Sprint quali format. It is something we want to keep for one-third of the races more or less and to connect with a certain different way of giving rewards and points and to connect with specific circuits that as you know would make the difference.

“So there is a lot of food for thought. We will involve all the stakeholders: broadcasters, drivers, teams, promoters and fans. We won’t forget our role is to take the right decision and to consider all the points and points of view of everyone.”

Domenicali also said that the calendar will have 23 races run, saying, “I can anticipate that, for sure, the calendar will be done with 23 races.

“Of course we will be very respectful towards the COVID-19 regulations issued around the world from the different governments. But that is our aim that F1 can give this sign of hope and to go to normal things to enjoy.”

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