Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn saw the first Sprint qualifying at the British Grand Prix as a success.
Why it matters: Formula 1 is experimenting with a new Sprint race format which takes place in a few race weekends throughout the 2021 season.
- Formula 1 conducted the first Sprint qualifying test during the British Grand Prix, and will now carry onto Monza to see if Silverstone’s performances with the new format are a trend.
- Speaking with Motorsport.com, Brawn said: “There were a lot of positives. We had some very useful engagement with the teams, some very useful engagement with broadcasters, and analysis of various input.”
- Brawn also mentioned some of the negatives, the main one being that fans and drivers alike didn’t agree with Pole position being awarded to the winner of the race – instead, they believe it should be awarded to the fastest of qualifying.
“We respect our fan base and that came across them. It interestingly came across from the drivers as well. They felt Pole position was a bit confusing, and we’ve got to sort that,” he said.
- The Sprint qualifying format has “no guarantee,” as Formula 1, together with the FIA and the teams, have to analyze how the upcoming tests at Monza and Brazil pan out.
“We have to gauge the opinion and views of the FIA and teams. Personally I think it has scope. Personally I t hink there is opportunity to develop it and make it even more appealing.
“I’d be extremely disappointed if we couldn’t continue, but we have to make sure it’s justified and we can demonstrate its value.”