This weekend at Silverstone Formula 1 will offer spectators the new Sprint Qualifying format, a 100km race that will take place on Saturday instead of qualifying and whose result will determine the starting grid for the Sunday race.
Traditional qualifying, on the other hand, will be held on Friday and will determine the starting grid for the Sprint Qualifyng.
The World Council, yesterday, made official the new rules that will be adopted for this event and for the next two to be held during the season.
Among the pilots, however, there is a certain skepticism about it. Who has shown doubts about the goodness of the Sprint Qualifying is the seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton.
When asked for his opinion on this new format that will debut at Silverstone, the Mercedes driver replied: “I’m afraid it will be a little train. Obviously I hope we can see some overtaking, but I don’t think it will be very exciting as a race ”.
“Anyway we have to wait to see what happens. It makes no sense to judge before having played it ”.
The Sprint Qualifying will have a duration of just seventeen laps and is scheduled at 5.30 pm, Italian time, on Saturday, while qualifying will take place at 7 pm on Friday.
Who did not want to reject the Sprint Qualifying a priori is Pierre Gasly. The Frenchman from AlphaTauri asked for time before being able to draw up a balance sheet.
“I think it is correct to wait for all three events to take place. If there are positive elements, and the public will have appreciated, why not keep it for the future? ”.
“In any case, I believe that the point of the situation has not been hit. What does Sprint Qualifying bring more? Will it make everything more exciting? This is the crux of the matter. If the answer is yes, then that’s fine, but if the answer is no, then we will have to keep the old format ”.
“I love qualifying on Saturday and only have one race on Sunday!”.