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Sprint race concept approved with debut scheduled at Silverstone

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Credits: Daimler.

The long-anticipated sprint race concept has been approved and it will make its first appearance at the British GP.

The talks and debates are finally over. It has been announced earlier on Monday that the sprint race concept is approved by F1 Commission and is given the green light. The first event will take place at Silverstone at the British GP. The event is called Sprint Qualifying.

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali commented: “We are excited by this new opportunity that will bring our fans an even more engaging race weekend in 2021. Seeing the drivers battling it out over three days will be an amazing experience and I am sure the drivers will relish the fight.”

“I am delighted that all the teams supported this plan, and it is a testament to our united efforts to continue to engage our fans in new ways while ensuring we remain committed to the heritage and meritocracy of our sport,” he added.

FIA president Jean Todt also shared his thoughts: “I am pleased to see that Formula 1 is seeking new ways to engage with its fans and enlarge the spectacle of a race weekend through the concept of Sprint Qualifying. It was made possible thanks to the continued collaboration between the FIA, Formula 1, and all of the teams. F1 is showing itself to be stronger than ever with all stakeholders working together in this way, and much has been done to ensure that the Sporting, Technical and Financial aspects of the format are fair.”

The Sprint Qualifying event will take place on Saturday. It will be 100km long and the teams will have two sets of tires allocated. It will set the grid for the Grand Prix.

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