Teams divided over sprint races due to negligible budget cap increase proposal

An official vote on sprint races is yet to be cast, but it is widely expected that a decision will be reached before the first race of the season in Bahrain later this week.

Sprint races will replace qualifying and there will be points attributed to the results in these 100 km battles. The result of this race will also end up forming the grid for the main race on Sunday.

All of this will happen only if teams do give the thumbs up.

While initially it was believed that teams were open to the idea, recent reports suggest that they are skeptical that it could bring potential car damage.

This is even more relevant this season as a $145 million budget cap has been implemented.

Red Bull star driver Max Verstappen believes it is all just a ploy to make more money and add excitement to the entirety of the race weekend.

The young Dutchman does not, however, believe this is the right way to go about it.

“The fastest cars still drive in front, so that remains a bit the same. It doesn’t matter how many games you organise on a weekend, I like one long race much more,” Verstappen told De Telegraaf.

“If good cars are just created and you can follow the car much better for you and make overtakes, you don’t need all these things.

“I think there’s more to this idea than just wanting to make racing better. They want more action over the weekend. 

“Now it is generally a bit boring on Friday and on Saturday until qualifying. They want to attract more people to the track and therefore make more money. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about. And I can understand that.”

It is widely speculated that the decision makers will provide an extra purse to ensure that teams are not dissuaded by the idea. This will be aimed at assuring them that even if their car does face damages, they will not suffer hugely.

However, the amount being touted is reportedly leading to a lot of disagreement. A figure of $1 million is being discussed by some of the bigger teams on the grid as being adequate, while the lower midfield believes this figure is insignificant and needs to be much higher.

Do you believe sprint races are the way forward in the sport or is Verstappen right in saying it is just a money-making venture?

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