Sprint races will not be a part of every Formula 1 Grand Prix in the future if the concept proves to be successful.
The introduction of sprint races is one of the biggest changes to the Formula 1 race weekend format in years. Three events will take place throughout the year to find out whether it fits the sport or not.
At the same time, the officials already look into the future and build plans for the race. According to Ross Brawn, sprint races will not be at every race weekend, making a list of special, “Grand Slam” events.
“I’m not sure this format would be as successful at Monaco,” the F1 managing director of motorsports told the official F1 website.
“We’re considering these weekends being Grand Slam events, spread through the season, so it is something different,” he added.
“I don’t think it’ll go to the whole season. I think it’ll be a limited number of races, but that is to be decided.”
Brawn also emphasized the necessity of Formula 1 to find the harmony of what fans, teams, and drivers wanted in order to make that concept effective.
“[One of the challenges was] finding a format that had the right balance between giving us an opportunity to have exciting Friday and Saturday running – perhaps a shorter format race but one which did not take anything away from main event,” he commented.
“We had to find that balance. Everyone had a different opinion on what that should look like. It was also about finding an economic and logistical solution that didn’t impact teams too severely. They want this event, but they are all working under massive challenges and we had to find a solution that worked with them without compromising the event.”
“The drivers are open-minded about the format – and that’s all we ask, that the drivers keep an open mind so we can evaluate this event and then we decide if in the future it forms a feature of the F1 season. If it doesn’t work, we put hands up and we will think again,” Brawn said in the conclusion.