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Silverstone to host F1 sprint race

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The Silverstone circuit has been selected to host one of Formula One’s sprint races for this season, which will happen during the weekend of the British Grand Prix.

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said the circuit is among the three venues that will trial the new format.

Friday’s second practice session is to be replaced by qualifying, which will set the grid for Saturday’s sprint race ahead of Sunday’s Grand Prix.

“We are finalizing the intricacies of it,” said Domenicali.

“We will have the qualifying on Friday and then ‘sprint qualifying’ on Saturday. It will provide some meaningful action the day before the race. It will give fans, media, and broadcasters more content. It will last about half an hour. There will be no podium celebration. That will wait until Sunday.

“But points will be awarded – how many is yet to be decided – towards the World Championship and determine the grid for the race itself. What I can say is that Silverstone will hold a sprint race,” he concluded.

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