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Helmut Marko

Marko on sprint qualifying: Teams have to start thinking differently

The new weekend format will debut at the British Grand Prix, with Helmut Marko already pointing out teams and drivers will have to make changes when it's time to head out on the track.

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With F1 set to debut sprint qualifying this season Helmut Marko believes teams will have to change their approach to the weekend.

All eyes will be on the format, with Silverstone announcing the first running of the new format will take place at the British Grand Prix in July. Marko believes strategists at all teams will be forced to reconsider what they do in the first practice session.

"There is very little time left on Friday for long runs," Marko told SPORT1. "Teams have to start thinking a little differently. You have to do everything you can to be optimally prepared for qualifying.

"After qualifying you can't do much more because the Parc Ferme rules apply."

One positive for Marko is the chance to score more points.

"It is of course also very important that you can now get a maximum of 29 points from a race weekend," Marko added. "Three more than normal."

While the Austrian is open to trying out the new format, he wouldn't rule out a return to the more traditional race weekend should it be a failure.

"If the system does not prove itself, F1 will return to the original schedule," Marko concluded. "In principle, we are open to giving sprint qualifications a chance and establishing ourselves."

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