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British Grand Prix 2021

F1 Sprint Qualifying Races explained - this is how it works

Formula 1 introduces a new qualifying format this weekend, with the British Grand Prix playing host to the first 'Sprint Qualifying'. How will the new qualifying work? Here's everything you need to know.

Formula 1's contentious new 'Sprint Qualifying' format will be used for the first time this weekend. The session, which takes the form of a thirty minute sprint race, will determine the starting grid for the Grand Prix by using the finishing order of Sprint Qualifying.

The format will be trialed at three events this season, with traditional qualifying shifted to Friday afternoon as a result, and with one of the practice sessions taken away from the drivers and teams.

Ahead of the introduction of the new qualifying format this weekend, here's everything you need to know about Sprint Qualifying!

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