The idea of an F1 sprint race practice has been labelled “totally useless” by Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi.
The idea of sprint qualifying itself debuted to a lukewarm reception from fans and the grid. Nevertheless, the sport has given the green light to the idea after three trial runs in 2021, with double the number of sprint races set to take place in 2022.
However, there is scope for improvement regarding the idea. The debate of whether sprint races are a step in the right direction will rage on in the upcoming season as well, but if the sport were to add practice for it, that’s where some would draw the line.
The idea of an F1 sprint race practice has been labelled “totally useless” by Rossi, who proceeded to call it out for its lack of practicality.
As quoted by GP Fans, Rossi said, “I think sprint races are a step in the right direction because they have changed the show a bit, put a bit more of a Friday, Saturday, Sunday, like high intensity in every single step of the way, but I think the point scoring system is not ideal.
“I would love to change that. I would love to have more points for the top 10. I’m still, not shocked, but I find it abnormal that you don’t race in Spa and you score points up until the 10th position and you do race in a sprint race, even 20 laps and you only score a little.
“For me, that doesn’t work. You race more (in a sprint) than in Spa, yet you have less points. This must change.”
“I would say on the sporting side, the sporting side is still a bit like an open field I guess, but this is where probably we can make a progress,” he continued.
“FP(2) in the morning of the sprint traces is useless, nobody wants it. It’s totally useless.
“We’re wondering what we are doing here. All the drivers and the teams, like, can we just race now because what’s the point, but minor things. I know mostly I’m looking forward to it.”