Fans pleased with Sprint Qualifying, said Brawn

Drivers racing through today’s sprint qualifying. 2021 Credits: Twitter (@ScuderiaFerrari).

Ross Brawn feels there has been a huge amount of positive feedback from the fans over Saturday’s Sprint Qualifying.

The managing director of motorsports in F1 Brawn shared his thoughts about the inaugural Sprint Qualifying. He commended Fernando Alonso on his performance, saying that the Spaniard was the “highlight of the race”.

“Fernando Alonso’s performance today was another sensational part of the race. He got my vote for the highlight of the race. I’d buy a ticket for that every day.”

He went on to add that he felt that Sprint Qualifying was ‘nail-biting’ and that the fans definitely loved it.

“I think one of the things we all saw today is a racing driver is a racing driver.

“And they’re never gonna take it easy. So lots of actions through the field. I mean, that first lap or so was completely nail-biting, sensational. Then we had the little duels in the rest of the race.”

When asked whether the new format would be implemented Brawn responded: “We’ve got a job list, we’ve got things that we want to enhance, things we want to improve.”

He went on to elucidate on why nothing concrete could be said as yet: “But there will be fans who make some comments, and maybe there’s bits they didn’t understand, or they didn’t appreciate. We’ll take that into account as well.

“I think we’ve got to look at the weekend overall. We need to view the weekend overall to see because I don’t see anything we’ve done which takes away from a normal weekend. I think it’s all additive.

“But let’s see the whole weekend. Let’s see the race. And then at the end of it all, we can do an analysis as you say, talk to the fans, look at all the data and details, and see if there’s some tuning we need to do.

“For me, there’s some very appealing things this format, everyone runs the same tire in qualifying. We still have the variety in the race, because fortunately, we had two tyres that you could use.

“There’s no handicap on people for the race in terms of what tires they choose. So that’s quite possibly something which you can take forward.”

He lastly addressed what he felt could be changed, such as the nomenclature of the awards and when these changes would come in.

“Maybe that’s something we need to think about. If there’s some change in the nomenclature of what we’re doing, and should Friday be the pole position?

“It’s things like that that we will talk about and discuss with the FIA and the teams, but I think we can’t be held back by history. I mean, we need to respect history but we must never be held back by history.

“So I think we’re very pleased. We’ll let the dust settle on this weekend, and then spend some time with the FIA and the teams trying to understand if there’s some evolutions we want.

“We won’t be changing the fundamental format this year. And I think after the three races, we can sit down and decide where we go from here. But so far, very positive.”

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