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Formula 1 to test sprint qualifying races in three rounds this season

Formula 1 has approved sprint qualifying races in three Grand Prix during the 2021 World Championship.

Two of the shorter races on Saturday, which will replace qualifying and determine the starting grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix, are likely to be hosted by Silverstone and Monza.

Interlagos could organize a third qualifying race for the sprint if the high contamination rates of Covid-19 in Brazil don’t get in the way of the Brazilian Grand Prix in November.

Sprint qualifying races will be introduced on three circuits during the 2021 season

Sprint qualifying races will be introduced on three circuits during the 2021 season

The starting grid for the sprint races will be sorted based on normal qualifying sessions on Friday afternoon

FIA President Jean Todt said: “I am delighted to see Formula 1 seeking new ways to connect with its fans and enhance the spectacle of a race weekend through the concept of sprint qualification.

“It was made possible thanks to the ongoing collaboration between FIA, Formula 1 and all teams.

“F1 is showing itself stronger than ever, with all stakeholders working together in this way, and a lot has been done to ensure that the sporting, technical and financial aspects of the format are fair.”

The FIA ​​Formula 1 Committee says the format is designed to increase on-track action and strike the right balance between rewarding drivers and teams on merit, while also giving others the opportunity to focus on Make their way through the field on Saturday for their Sunday racing chances.

A qualifying session on the Friday after the first free practice will determine the starting line-up for Saturday’s sprint qualifying.

The three best finishers in the sprint qualification receive points. First place gets three points, second place two points and third place one point.

Silverstone is expected to be one of three circuits to test the new weekend format

Stefano Domenicali, Formula One president and chief executive, said: “ We are excited about this new opportunity that will give our fans an even more exciting race weekend in 2021.

‘It will be a great experience to watch the drivers fight for three days and I am sure the drivers will enjoy the fight.

“ I am delighted that all teams have supported this plan, and it is a testament to our joint efforts to continue to engage our fans in new ways, while ensuring that we remain committed to the heritage and meritocracy of our sport. ‘

All regulatory changes are subject to approval by the World Motor Sport Council.

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