Charles Leclerc has voiced his opinion on the F1 Sprint format, believing that it has been a strong addition to Grand Prix racing.
The alternate schedule which includes an extra race during the weekend debuted in 2021 but has split opinions in the paddock
The format changed for this season with a second qualifying session dedicated to the sprint race introduced, known as the Sprint Shootout, with F1 running the Sprint format at six events this year, double the tally used in previous seasons.
Three-time World Champion Max Verstappen who won the 2023 title during the Sprint in Qatar, is a strong opponent to the format as he feels it takes excitement away from the main race.
However, Leclerc has expressed that he is a fan of the schedule as it places more pressure on the driver.
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“I quite like it,” he told media including RacingNews365com.
“I like the fact of having only one free practice session. I don't think we should have more than six Sprint weekends in a year.
“I think six is good. But to have one free practice and go straight to qualifying is something I enjoy.”
Talks are currently being held between F1 and the teams as another change to the format is set to be brought into play next year.
The new schedule would see Sprint Shootout moved to Friday afternoon, with the sprint race held on Saturday morning before qualifying later that day.
“I think the Saturday could be changed and improved but I really like the Friday, to not have three free practice sessions is really long and sometimes it can get a bit boring,” added Leclerc.
“We always go through the same programme. So I like the fact of having only one free practice and going straight to the action with qualifying.”