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Christian Horner

Horner calls for radical F1 Sprint changes

Formula 1's Sprint format has undergone continuous changes since its introduction in 2021.

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Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has called for further changes to be made to Formula 1's Sprint format after a lacklustre display at the United States Grand Prix.

The alternate schedule was originally introduced in 2021 and has undergone changes year-on-year ever since.

The 19-lap race at the Circuit of the Americas on Saturday saw Max Verstappen dominate en route to the victory, with very few battles occurring throughout the field.

Following the uneventful session, Horner told media including RacingNews365.com: “I think what [the sprint race] does, it gives you a very good insight into the strengths and weaknesses of your competitors on the longer runs.

Horner in favour of change

“I still think there are things that can be done to evolve the Sprint race,” added Horner.

“There's an element of tuning that needs to be done to the format but I think certainly we've learned a lot from the Sprint that will apply to the race.

“You've got to add a bit more jeopardy to it. Whether you reverse the top 10 or something, but then you have to add enough points to make it worth the drivers’ while to really go for it.

“When you win a sprint race, it doesn’t quite mean as much as a Grand Prix. We’re in a process where we need to be open to change and evolution.

“The concept is fine, but the execution, we can do a better job in making it more exciting for the viewer.”

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