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Capito: Sprint races are a very good move for F1

The Williams boss believes Formula 1's new sprint race format is a great thing for the sport and believes the timing of it is right.

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Williams CEO and team principal Jost Capito feels that F1 needed to change its format which is why he is fully backing the sprint format.

At the British Grand Prix, Italian GP and one other event outside Europe, there will be a 100km sprint race on Saturday with the traditional knockout qualifying on Friday evening. There will be no mandatory pit stop and the normal Sunday afternoon race will remain.

"Everybody who knows me knows that I am always willing for changes," Capito told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press.

"Doing something new and trying something new. I think that it is a very good move for Formula 1.

"It adds something on Friday that is exciting, instead of just having free practice. It’s somehow a qualifying as well for the qualifying race."

Capito suggested that F1's format needed a change and thinks it's important to see whether fans are in favour of the sprint qualifying.

"On Saturday there is something different for the fans," said Capito. "The fans have seen the same format for many years and I believe it is time for a change or an update.

"I think it’s really good to try it for three races and then analyse it and see if the fans like it or not and if the fans like it then I think we should go on with this."


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