Red Bull teammates Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez are unsure about sprint races in Formula 1. Perez calls it “risky”, while Verstappen thinks its “unnecessary”.
Formula 1 is weighing up the option of a 100km sprint race on the Saturday of a race weekend. This idea is set to be trialed at various events over the course of 2021. The plan allegedly received “broad support” from teams at the most recent F1 Commission meeting.
This drivers however, don’t seem too optimistic of the plan. Red Bull drivers Perez and Verstappen are particularly vocal on the subject.
Though both were open to the prospect of sprint races, they were sceptical of the plan in a recent interview.
Perez said: “I just think we’ve got to be careful that we don’t lose the DNA of Formula 1. I think it’s a very thin line. It’s a bit risky. I’m open to it. I don’t know what to expect really, how it will change the format in Formula 1 once we’ve done it. For me, the most important thing is that F1 keeps with the DNA.”
Verstappen also raised his concern about the plan, saying sprint races were unnecessary if the cars can race closely. “It’s not necessarily about more racing, I quite like doing a one-and-a-half-hour race, because if we have good cars, we can race closely and more teams are able to fight for victory, you don’t need sprint races. I think we don’t need to really mix it up that much the whole program. We just need to make sure that you fight for the win”, he said.
The sprint race idea is set to be introduced in Canada, Italy and Brazil this year.