Formula 1’s new plan for three Saturday ‘sprint’ races in place of qualifying in 2021 set for vote

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Source : Sky Sports

A new Formula 1 proposal for shorter Saturday ‘sprint’ races at certain rounds in 2021 is to be voted on today as the sport pushes for a fresh twist on the current qualifying format. F1 has been considering Saturday formats for some time and – after a reverse-grid qualifying race idea was turned down last year – has devised a new grid-setting plan which could be trialled this season.

“We are thinking how to keep the racing format alive in a different way,” Stefano Domenicali said. “We are thinking about how to keep the racing format alive in a different way.  “We are talking with the teams because of course, it’s important to have the opinion of the teams but also the stakeholders. We are going to have dedicated meetings to prepare the right offer.”

“We need to be sure that we don’t lose any opportunity and we need to be sure we are not auto-referential in what we are offering because this would be a big mistake,” he added.

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