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How F1 will allocate points for qualifying sprint races

F1 announced that it will trial the format of sprint qualifying races on Saturdays at three Grand Prix in the 2021 season, with extra points on offer for drivers. Here's how the system will work.

After months of speculation it has finally been confirmed that Formula 1 will trial sprint races on Saturdays to determine qualifying for the Grand Prix, with the format set to be rolled out at three races this year.

While the exact races have yet to be announced, F1 have said that the sprint qualifying race will award championship points to drivers as well as set the starting grid for the Sunday race.

The grid for the sprint race will be determined by a traditional qualifying session on Friday afternoon following the first practice session, with teams given a further sixty-minute practice session on Saturday morning ahead of the 100km sprint race in the afternoon.

In contrast to the Grand Prix, the sprint races will only award points to the top three drivers and not the entire top ten.

First place on Saturday will receive three points towards their championship tally, second place two points, and third place one point.

Sprint Qualifying Race Points

Position Points
First 3
Second 2
Third 1

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