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Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo sets important condition for introduction of sprint races in F1

There is a good chance that sprint races will be experimented with in Formula 1 next season. Daniel Ricciardo was not originally in favour, but has revised his opinion, provided one important condition is met.

During the meeting of the F1 Commission last week, the plan to introduce sprint races during selected Grand Prix weekends was discussed. Canada, Italy and Brazil have been nominated to organise this, provided a watertight plan is in place.

Daniel Ricciardo was never a fan of the idea. “At first, I was a little apprehensive“, he told a McLaren press conference in response to a question from RacingNews365.com. “But I do feel better at the thought of that, certainly, than a reverse grid.

“We’d love to do more races and less practice, so in saying that it kind of does go towards probably what I want," says the smiling Australian, who has swapped the yellow Renault jersey for the orange colours of McLaren.

However, Ricciardo does have one condition for the introduction of sprint racing - that it must have added value and must still allow for the best drivers and teams to come out on top: “I think the biggest thing is I want an F1 win to still feel as big as it should. I don’t ever want an F1 win to feel diluted or lower than it should. As long as it carries the same value, then I’m certainly more open-minded towards that.”

Ricciardo joined new teammate Lando Norris in unveiling McLaren's 2021 challenger, the MCL35M, at the team's launch event on Monday.

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