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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton pessimistic Sprint Qualifying will deliver excitement

The British Grand Prix will play host to F1's first ever Sprint Qualifying event. While the hope is fans will be entertained by the new format, Lewis Hamilton has his doubts.

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When the F1 season resumes at Silverstone we will get our first look at the Spring Qualifying format, however Lewis Hamilton isn't convinced the format will provide that much excitement.

The event will see a Friday qualifying session under the current format after the first free practice which will determine the grid order for the Sprint Qualifying race on Saturday. The top three finishers in the sprint race will receive points, with first place receiving three points, second two points, and third one point. However Hamilton isn't all that convinced that drivers will take very many risks in the event.

"It'll just be a train probably," Hamilton told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "Hopefully there will be some overtaking but most likely it won't be too exciting.

"We'll just have to wait and see. There's no point judging it before we even get into it."

Carlos Sainz is a bit more optimistic about the format stating that drivers will be allowed to push more, though he admits that could making overtaking even more difficult.

"[Racing for] 17 laps on a set of tyres should allow us to push a bit more and have a bit of fun, but you guys know that the more we push it's trickier to overtake," Sains told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media.

"That's not a secret so we'll see how that pans out."

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