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Perez critical of F1's 'very boring' Sprint format

After finishing ninth in Saturday's Sprint Qualifying race at the Italian Grand Prix, Red Bull's Sergio Perez feels the format hasn't delivered in terms of added excitement.

Sergio Perez hasn't held back in criticising Formula 1's Sprint Qualifying format, stating that it's boring for fans and drivers alike. Having made its debut at Silverstone back in July, the format returned for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Although Perez engaged in a battle with Aston Martin's Lance Stroll during Saturday's 18-lap Sprint, he described it afterwards as "very boring" and sees no benefit in having the additional race. "[It is] just very boring," Perez told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "There's nothing happening in it. I don't see the benefit of having the Sprint race. "I can imagine it's also boring for fans and boring for drivers. It doesn't bring anything, to be honest." Perez stated that the short race doesn't result in any tyre degradation, which is needed to aid overtaking with current F1 cars. "Obviously it's done to improve the show and we'll see if fans are happy with it," he added. "The problem that we have is that with the current F1 cars, to actually overtake, you need a very big delta across cars. To achieve that, you have to have some kind of degradation. "I think they've probably taken the wrong tracks as well, but I don't know where it can be a good place to try it. "The problem is [it is] too short and you don't hit any degradation."

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