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How will F1's new Sprint Qualifying format work?

With the first Sprint Qualifying session being held next weekend, here's everything you need to know about the new qualifying format.

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Formula 1 is rolling out a new qualifying format at three Grand Prix weekends this season, as a trial of a new 'sprint race' format.

Officially, this 30 minute race will be called 'Sprint Qualifying', with the finishing order of the race determining the starting grid for Sunday's Grand Prix.

RacingNews365 have received loads of questions to our inboxes about the format, so here's everything you need to know ahead of next weekend's British Grand Prix.

How does the weekend change?

The biggest change to the Grand Prix weekend will be that the traditional qualifying session is moved to Friday evening.

As usual, the weekend kicks off with the first practice session. This will take place on Friday afternoon, and consists of the usual sixty minutes.

Then, in the evening, a normal qualifying session will take place. This session will determine the starting grid for Saturday's Sprint Qualifying session.

On Saturday morning, the second practice session will be held, with the teams given another sixty minutes on track.

Then, on Saturday afternoon, the grid will line up for the Sprint Qualifying. This will take place over 100 kilometres, with drivers given free choice of tyre to start the race. There are no mandatory pit stops, meaning drivers can push from start to finish if they feel like it.

The finishing order of the Sprint Qualifying determines the starting grid for Sunday's Grand Prix, which takes place as normal. The winner of Sprint Qualifying will get three points, second place will get two points, and third place will get a single point.

What's the situation with tyres and parc ferme?

All cars will be put into parc ferme conditions ahead of Friday's qualifying session, meaning the teams can make no further changes after the first practice session.

This virtually negates the point of the second practice session on Saturday morning, as there can be no tweaking of setups ahead of the Sprint Qualifying.

As for tyres, drivers are only permitted to use two sets of tyres during Friday practice. They will then take part in the normal qualifying on Friday using five sets of soft tyres.

Teams can use one set of tyres, compound their own choice, during Saturday morning practice, with the same rule in place for Sprint Qualifying.

There are two remaining sets of tyres left for the Grand Prix, with teams having the choice of which compound to start on.

Tyre rules

Session Tyres
Friday (Practice 1) Free choice (2 sets maximum)
Friday (Qualifying) Soft tyres (5 sets)
Saturday (Practice 2) Free choice (1 set)
Saturday (Sprint Qualifying) Free choice (1 set)
Sunday (Grand Prix) Free choice (2 sets)

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