Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc that believes the “flat out” sprint races will be a driver thrill.

In July, Formula 1 will trial a new sprint race concept, a 100km race to decide the grid for the full length Sunday race. Charles Leclerc believes the drivers will love the sprint races, as it gives them a chance to go 100% flat out for the duration of it.

“Normally, we have a very clear plan throughout the weekend with FP1, FP2, FP3, but now we’ll only have an FP1 and then straight to quali,” he said. “This is something I like personally, because there’s less time to study before quali, so you might make a bigger difference.”

“Then, for the sprint race, it is very difficult to say. I think one good thing about the sprint race is that we’ll finally be able to push those cars for a whole race, 100 kilometres, to the maximum. This might be nice for us drivers.”

“But then we’ll have to see whether this is a good thing for the show or not, which at the end is what matters the most. And then the Sunday race has to remain the most important event of the weekend.”

Formula 1 is back in track in just over an hour for FP1 of the Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao.

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