Binotto thinks Sprint Qualifying can be improved

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JUNE 27: Scuderia AlphaTauri Team Principal Franz Tost talks with Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto on the grid prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Styria at Red Bull Ring on June 27, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto expressed his thoughts on the first-ever Sprint Qualifying at Silverstone, stating that he thinks the format can still be improved for the future to promote racing.

Despite admitting it was “strange”, Binotto expressed his desire to reserve the judgment for when the three-round trial concludes at the end of the season.

F1 intends to hold two more Sprint Qualifying events, the next one at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, and one further round of the championship later this year. The new format meant that regular would be shifted to Friday, with Sprint Qualifying taking its place on Saturday.

“Certainly there are things that can be improved, like maybe considering what can be done for Saturday morning, make it a bit more relevant,” Binotto said. “The new format was an experiment for 2021 and we decided to have three races with such a format.

“But overall I think as well what will be the numbers from TV and the audience will be important. So I don’t think that we can have a final judgment right now. I think we need to wait for the next two F1 opportunities to have a better picture.”

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