Michael Masi has confirmed the racing rules will not change from the sprint race to the Grand Prix on Sunday.
There are only seven days until fans get a first taste of the new sprint race concept for qualifying. The decision has caused controversy for months, with some fans saying it’s needless and detracts from the Grand Prix, with others saying it will bring a breath of fresh air into the weekend.
Masi today confirmed the rulebook for the sprint race will be the same as the Grand Prix, with no discrimination on penalties handed out.
“If we find an incident that two drivers are involved in, in the grand prix here, we can apply a grid penalty for the next grand prix,” Masi said. “So grid penalties and time penalties, for driving infringements and so forth, those penalties will be applied.”
“The rest of the regulations regarding power units and so forth, which is subject to approval from the F1 Commission and the FIA World Motor Sport Council later this week, but they will be applied in a different way and focused on the race.”
“But things that affect your grid starting position will, from the perspective of a driving infringement or anything like that, will be applied either as a grid or a time penalty at the time.”