According to a recent announcement, there are plans to test Sprint Qualifying at three venues in 2021. This has been greeted with unanimous approval from all teams involved.
There have been plans to mix up the traditional race weekend format for a while. After reverse grids did not get enough popularity, plans for sprint races were implemented.
These races are estimated to be around 100 km, which is one-third of a Grand Prix distance. The event will take place on a Saturday which in turn will determine the grid positions for the race on Sunday.
After a meeting of the F1 Commission on Monday, the proposals to have them tested at three venues was given the green light.
“I am pleased to see that Formula 1 is seeking new ways to engage with its fans and enlarge the spectacle of a race weekend through the concept of Sprint Qualifying,” said Jean Todt.
“It was made possible thanks to the continued collaboration between the FIA, Formula 1, and all of the teams.
“F1 is showing itself to be stronger than ever with all stakeholders working together in this way, and much has been done to ensure that the Sporting, Technical and Financial aspects of the format are fair.”
It is possible that the new session will be implemented at the British, Italian and Brazilian Grands Prix. However, this is just speculation at the moment.
But, according to the official announcement, it is certain that the events will be held at two European and one non-European venue.
“We are excited by this new opportunity that will bring our fans an even more engaging race weekend in 2021,” Stefano Domenicali added.
“Seeing the drivers battling it out over three days will be an amazing experience and I am sure the drivers will relish the fight.
“I am delighted that all the teams supported this plan, and it is a testament to our united efforts to continue to engage our fans in new ways while ensuring we remain committed to the heritage and meritocracy of our sport.”
There has been confirmation that points will be awarded for sprint races. The winner will get three points while P2 and P3 will get two and one points respectively. There will not be any mandatory pit stops and DRS will also be available.
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