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Ross Brawn

Brawn explains why F1 is set to introduce sprint races

Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn has revealed the reasoning behind the new sprint race format which will be used during the 2021 season.

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Ross Brawn says Formula 1's innovative sprint race concept which is set to be used at multiple Grand Prix events this year has "a lot going for it". The former Ferrari team principal is confident the format will work and believes fans will be more engaged with a race weekend that sees three days of meaningful running.

The current plan is for the normal knockout qualifying to be ran on Friday before a sprint race on Saturday which will be approximately one-third distance of a normal Grand Prix. This will set the grid for the main race on Sunday.

RacingNews365.com understands that a meeting will take place at 19:30 local time in Bahrain to discuss how the sprint race will work and how many drivers will be given championship points.

“We want to fill out the weekend," Brawn told F1 TV. "The critical thing is to preserve the Grand Prix, we want the winner of the GP to come away from the weekend, still being the strongest and most successful competitor.

We want to give the fans something more substantial to look at, something to follow on a Friday, something interested on a Saturday. As well as a normal qualifying on a Friday we will have the sprint qualifying.

"We then have a much fuller weekend and that’s what we want to explore. We want this opportunity to trial the three races this year. If it doesn’t work, we will put our hand up and go away and think about it again.

"But I’m quite optimistic about it. If you take the view of the whole weekend, its got a lot going for it."

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has claimed Silverstone will host a sprint race during this summer's British Grand Prix.


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