McLaren chief executive Zak Brown believes talks over introducing sprint-race trials in F1 in 2021 are “encouraging” and should be viewed as a positive step for the sport. Discussions continue over the prospect of running Saturday ‘sprint’ races at three rounds during the new season. The idea gained what was described as “broad support” in a meeting of the F1 Commission last week, with a final decision planned before the new season begins next month.
“Everyone is in favour of the concept of trying something new,” Brown said. “It’s looking like we’ll maybe do it at two or three races this year. What’s important is that it’s an equal playing field in the sense of no reverse grids or anything artificial, but then we do something different so it differentiates itself from Sunday’s race. The working group is inputting into that.”
“I’m encouraged. Anytime you have sometimes new you try it. If it works you keep doing it, if it doesn’t you either change it up or you don’t do it anymore. I think it’s only a positive for the sport.” he added.
“At first I was a little apprehensive but I do feel better at the thought of that certainly than a reverse grid.” seven-time race winner Daniel Ricciardo said. “Ultimately if the best guys and the best teams are still coming out on top and it’s not manipulated or artificial, so to speak, then I’m less scared of it. Competition is what I love most and I would love to do more races and less practice. In saying that, it kind of does go towards what I want but the biggest thing is I’d still want an F1 win to still feel as big as what it should be. I don’t ever want an F1 win to feel diluted or somewhat lower than it should.”