After much deliberation between the Formula 1 power brokers, the concept of sprint races will make an appearance on the 2021 calendar at the British, Italian and Brazilian Grand Prix.
RacingNews365.com has discovered that the financial terms have been agreed upon, with all involved parties coming to a general consensus. There were unconfirmed rumours that Mercedes were pushing for a greater share in the revenue for these races, though their petition ultimately failed.
Our website also understands that points will be allocated to the top three finishers, with first place securing 3 points, second 2 points, and third 1 point. Other details such as the allocation of tyres and the weekend format need to be formalized with the Sporting Advising Committee of Formula 1 hard at work finalising the details.
We can also confirm that the qualifying session for these three Grand Prix weekends will constitute the grid for the sprint race, with the results from the sprint race forming the grid for Sunday's main event.
An annoucment will be made shortly before the Emilia Romangna Grand Prix gets underway in about a week's time. The sprint races in 2021 will serve as a test with the results determing if they become a permanent fixture for the 2022 season.