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Formula 1

F1 boss: Goal is to have sprint races confirmed by Imola

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has stated that the decision regarding the sprint qualifying races will be finalised by the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola.

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Stefano Domenicali, the CEO of Formula 1, has made a statement regarding the proposed sprint races set to be introduced in F1 this year, saying they will be finalised by the second round of the championship, set to take place at Imola.

While fan opinion has been spilt regarding the introduction of sprint races, it appears as if they will feature on the 2021 Formula 1 calendar with the first of these races set to take place at Silverstone.

"We are finalizing the final details and the goal is to have it wrapped up by Imola," Domenicali told Rai Radio 1.

"What we would like to try is to have a more intense weekend where we have an hour of practice and qualifying on Friday that would decide the grid for the sprint race, which would then decide the grid for the race on Sunday. This would generate more interest which is something that was asked by organizers and TV rights holders."

Domenicali also confirmed that the British Grand Prix will be the first race weekend to try this new format, stating, "Yes, I can confirm that," when asked if Silverstone would conduct F1's first-ever sprint race.

Whether these sprint races will affect the running order is open to debate. While certain quarters believe it is worth a try there is a large segment of the fanbase that believes these races impede on the purity of a traditional Grand Prix weekend format.

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