The top eight would add half as many points as in Sunday’s race
This Thursday it will be voted if the format is tested already this year
Formula 1 continues in its search to improve the show and the novelty is that they want to experiment with holding a short race on Saturday. It would be a sprint race that would give half the points of Sunday.
After scrapping the idea of an inverted grid, the proposal to hold a short race on Saturday as qualifying for Sunday’s race is now coming to light. A format that, if this Thursday’s vote goes ahead, will be tested in three Grand Prix this year: Canada, Italy and Brazil.
A sprint race that would last approximately 100 kilometers, which is a third of the total distance of a Grand Prix and whose results would determine the starting grid for Sunday’s race. Another fact to take into account is that in this race the first eight classified in the test would score, as reported by the BBC.
The distribution of points would be half of those awarded on Sunday. Thus, the winner would get 12.5 points; the second, nine points and so on.
In these three events, the Grand Prix format would have a slight variation to adapt this race to the sprint. While free practice would remain intact on Fridays, at least the first session, the usual classification would move forward to Friday. On Saturday afternoon, instead of the usual qualifying, the sprint race would take place.
If approved, F1 would give each team an extra 62,000 euros to offset expenses. With this idea, Liberty hopes to create a bit more uncertainty and spectacle, like we had with the red flag highlights at Monza or Mugello or with the crazy qualifying session in Turkey. If successful, teams would be asked to adopt this format in all races in 2022.
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