Sprint race “a very good thing,” says Leclerc

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 18: Second placed Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 18, 2021 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc admits liking the new F1 Sprint Qualifying format introduced during the weekend of the British Grand Prix.

The Monegasque said that Fridays are regularly “boring” in Formula 1, stating that he always waits for Saturday when things are “getting serious.” Because of that, he admitted liking the new format because it allows having real action on all three days of a race weekend.

“I loved it,” he said. “Personally, I love the new format; on Friday I am always super bored and I just want to get to Saturday where things are getting serious. At least this time straight away on Friday, things were serious.

“If I can give one personal opinion, it’s that maybe we need to do something for the qualifying to have a bit more power,” he continued, “especially to keep the qualifying for the Sunday.

“But the Saturday Sprint race is a very good thing in my opinion. I’m looking forwards to the next two weekends where we’ll have a Sprint on Saturday.”

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