TO Silverstone, on the track that represents most of all the tradition of Formula 1, the Circus is preparing to experience the first – highly anticipated – Sprint qualification of its own history. A ‘mini-race’ of 17 laps that will take place on Saturday and will define the starting grid for Sunday’s GP. In addition to this, however, the first three finishers will respectively get three, two and a world champion point.
F1 has already clarified some relevant procedural and statistical aspects. The winner of the Sprint Qualification – and not the fastest in qualifying on Friday – will be the one who is officially awarded the pole. Furthermore, to avoid a ‘confusion’ with the actual Grand Prix award ceremony, which will take place as usual on Sunday, the top three finishers of Saturday’s ‘short race’ they will not be on the podium.
How the Silverstone Sprint Qualification works
On the other hand, however, F1 would be studying a specific type of celebration for the 100 km event. The idea is that of one particular award ceremony, which combines tradition and novelty, as explained to the official website of the F1 Alex Molina, Director of Event Spectacle of the Circus. “F1 Sprint is a new and exciting format. So we felt it was important to create a post-race moment that was just as special“Said Molina. “The moment recognizes the seven decades of history of this sport and combines them with a modern twist, very similar to the Sprint itself” he added.
No further details are ‘spoiled’ on the official F1 website, apart from the presence of “uniquely designed flower crowns“. The idea is probably to recall the awards ceremony of the ’70s and’ 80s, when the winner of the GP was often rewarded with a large crown of flowers. To find out in detail what it is, at this point there is nothing left to do but wait for the event on Saturday night.