Aston Martin’s driver Sebastian Vettel spoke out about the idea of having sprint races in Formula 1, saying they “make no sense.”
The World Championship is experimenting with a new format, which is the addition of sprint races on Saturdays before the main Grand Prix. These races will be held at three events this year, being Canada, Italy, and Brazil the chosen ones.
Formula 1’s CEO Stefano Domenicali said multiple times that the project has support from all of the team and multiple drivers, but the 4-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel does not like the idea.
“I don’t know what the thinking is behind it,” said Vettel. “I don’t like it. Why would you have a pre-final to a final? What’s the point of that? I don’t understand it.
“Obviously if there is a race on Saturday, then I will have to take part because I still want to drive on Sunday, but from my point of view, it makes no sense.”
Vettel pointed out that the introduction of sprint races might indicate bigger issues that need to be fixed in the sport.
“You have the Grand Prix and it has always been around 300km and the main challenge of the weekend,” he said. “I think if you have to introduce something like this, then there is something else that you need to fix other than the format, or another race, or another two minutes, or a Q4 or Q5, or whatever it is.
“Maybe it’s shifting or taking the focus away from the real problem. It’s more of a patch rather than a fix,” he concluded on the matter.