Marko has some concerns over Sprint Qualifying

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JUNE 27: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates with Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Styria at Red Bull Ring on June 27, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202106270430 // Usage for editorial use only //

The Silverstone weekend will be a special one, it will see the introduction of the Sprint Qualifying format. Helmut Marko, however, has some concerns over it.

Marko said that if someone has a problem during Friday, the whole weekend could be ruined both for the team and the driver. On Friday, there will be one practice session, followed by the normal qualifying format, which is usually on Saturday. The 100km races on Saturday will then determine the starting grid for Sunday, remember that the short race on Saturday will not have a pit stop.

“If something goes wrong on Friday, it can ruin the whole weekend,” Marko told Speedweek. 

“The first practice session is the only chance to check your form, after that the parc ferme regulation comes into force.

“That means you can only correct something on Saturday in the second practice session.”

Moreover, Marko warns his team that, even though Max Verstappen is leading the champion by 32 points, and Red Bull is leading the constructors’ championship by 44 points, the Silver Arrows will not give up so easily.

“Mercedes only gives up then there is no mathematical chance,” Marko added.

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