Everything You Need To Know About The ‘Sprint Race Format’ And F1’s Plan of Implementation




Some from the F1 community have long been pushing for a format change to make the races more exciting. A reverse grid was one of the primary ideas to help make races more interesting. However, the F1 Boss, Stefano Domenicali, recently laid the possibility of a reverse grid to rest.

Meanwhile, the F1 supremo has expressed his willingness to experiment with a sprint race format for qualification to shake up the format. F1’s latest plan is to introduce the sprint races for three races in 2021.

Formula 1 will vote on the proposed plan on Thursday as we take a deeper look into the sprint race format and Formula 1’s implementation plan.

What is the sprint race format?

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in action during the race Pool via Reuters/Rudy Carezzevoli

The sprint race format features itself in the Formula 2 series. The 2021 season also sees a new format in F2 as they increase the number of races from two to three each weekend. On Saturday, the series will feature two sprint races with the main event race on Sunday with Formula 1.

The sprint races are for a distance of 170km or 45 minutes, whichever comes first. The format requires a compulsory pit stop. The top 10 finishers of the qualifying race on Friday determines the starting grid for the first sprint race.

For the second sprint race, the top 10 starting grid is reversed. The F2 award the top eight finishers 12, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1, respectively, with 2 extra points for the driver with the fastest lap.

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How will F1 implement the sprint race format?

Formula 1 is planning to introduce the sprint race on Saturday. The race will be about 100km, and qualifying for the sprint race would replace the second practice on Friday. The result of the sprint race will in turn decide the starting order for the main event on Sunday.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – General view of Racing Point’s Sergio Perez, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Alexander Albon at the restart of the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

According to a report, “To be passed, it needs a total of 28 out of 30 votes. Governing body the FIA and commercial rights holder F1 have 10 each, and the 10 teams one apiece.”

The sprint race will be of a shorter time and is expected to fit into a window of an hour. According to another report, the meeting on Thursday will also look into the points system, tyre strategy and other rules concerning the proposed format.

Adding sprint races will make the weekend more exciting and the entertainment value of the racing weekend. Hopefully, F1 will get to test the format this season and will decide to continue with the format. That way some of us will have a more exciting and busy race weekend.

Would you like F1 to bring in the sprint race format? If yes, Tweet it, Instagram it, share it and let the FIA know!

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