The weekend that lies ahead, that of the British GP, will mark the historic debut of the Sprint qualifications in F1. A mini-race of 17 laps scheduled for Saturday, which will determine the starting grid for Sunday’s GP and will award three, two and one world point to the top three. An important and awaited innovation, which however does not fail to generate some concern in the heads of teams and drivers. Lewis Hamilton admitted to expecting some sort of single file procession e Helmut Marko – House consultant Red Bull – explained that he is worried about ruining the whole weekend simply for a possible bad day on Friday.
Sprint Qualification: Hamilton expects a procession
A thought, the latter, also shared by the McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl. In fact, the German manager admitted that he was afraid of the new format especially the operational side: “The biggest challenge will be that, because it is a nice change to have the car in the park closed as early as Friday at noon – underlined Seidl, as reported by the GP Fans website – so I think more than ever the focus should be on being as prepared as possible, making sure you have a clean 60 minute session in which to try not to do things that are too elaborate. Simply because you don’t have time to do big tests and stuff“.
Marko skeptical about Sprint Qualifying
Looking at the 100km race itself, however, Seidl left aside the romantic aspect of the challenge, focusing on the more practical issue: avoiding mistakes that compromise the weekend. “I think that in general, even in the very first laps and at least with our guys, we will never go looking for an unreasonable risk – explained the boss of the papaya wall – you want to stay in the race and even more so you want it on Saturday. You want to make sure you’re in a decent position on Sunday to start the race. It is a long race and there is still a lot that can be done on Sunday. I’m not sure it will change that much “, said Seidl ..