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F1 sprint format receives little support from fans in latest survey

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W12 and Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda lead the field into turn one at the start during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 18, 2021 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

The latest survey commissioned by Formula 1 revealed fans show little support for the newly-introduced Sprint Qualifying format.


  • Over 167 thousand fands replied to the global survey, and just 6.7% agreed that the “introduction of sprint race has improved the show.”

The deep dive:

  • “Sprint races are viewed as having marginally improved the F1 show,” the official report says.
  • “The number is very, very encouraging because you need to consider that we see for what we receive as a figure the mixed feeling of having more traditional fan, less happy for the change, while the new fans are really happy to see things are moving in a different way,” said F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.
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