The drivers will compete in a 100 km mini-race to determine the places on the starting grid.
Formula 1 has just announced a new form of qualifying that will be tested at three Grand Prix races this season, starting in England. The meeting, which today brought together the International Automobile Federation, Formula 1, and the 10 teams, unanimously approved the new format.
The riders will compete in a 100-kilometer mini-race to determine places on the starting grid for Sunday’s race. Friday, which was used for free practice, will remain unchanged but will be used to determine who will play Saturday’s sprint qualifying.
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The first place in the ‘sprint qualifying’ receives three points, the second two points, and the third one point.
It is not yet known what evidence will have this new form of qualification. What is known is that two European events will have the ‘sprint qualifying’, one of them in Silverstone, England.
“We are excited about this new opportunity, which will bring our fans even more contact with the sport in 2021,” said Formula One President Stefano Domenicali, Italian.
According to the International Automobile Federation, this new format aims to “increase the action on the track and reach more fans” of F1 in an innovative way. It also allows you to reward pilots and teams by giving them the chance to fight on the track for the best possible place on the starting grid.
In the first free practice on Friday morning, 60 minutes, teams can choose two types of tires. In the second qualifying training session for the sprint qualifying in the afternoon, the teams will have five sets of softer tires available.
On Saturday morning, a free practice session with the teams being able to choose only one type of tires to use. On Saturday afternoon, the 100 km qualifying race, with two sets of tires for each team.
On Sunday’s race, the remaining sets of tires will be used.
This format is expected to be introduced in the British GP from 16 to 18 July.
The measure has yet to be approved by the FIA World Council, which should only be a formality.
Next weekend, the Portuguese Grand Prix will take place at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, in Portimão
Source: with Agencies