Drivers want Sprint to be standalone event

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 13: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda leads Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda and Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) Scuderia Ferrari SF21 and during the sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 13, 2021 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

The Formula 1 drivers support the proposal of making the sprint race a standalone event in the race weekend structure.

The Sprint format first appeared in F1 last year. Three races took place at Silverstone, Monza, and Interlagos. The same amount of races would be held this year at the Emilia Romagna, Austrian, and Brazilian Grands Prix.

The format arose certain questions. There were concerns regarding the fact that the sprint race determined the starting grid for the Grand Prix instead of traditional qualifying.

According to, F1 might make the sprint race a standalone event in 2023. Charles Leclerc and Kevin Magnussen supported the idea.

“This could be a thing. This will help us to take a bit more risk maybe during sprint qualifying without losing too much on the Sunday – in case you do a mistake,” Leclerc said.

“It could add a bit of value of excitement for the Saturday. This actually could be a good idea.”

“I think the qualifying idea is a good suggestion. If the qualifying on Friday meant the grid position for Sunday, and also for the sprint race, that could be quite fun,” Magnussen commented.

“You add another spectacle point to the weekend…you can fully go for it in the sprint race.”

At the same time, Lance Stroll stated that he was satisfied with the current format.

“I like the way it is. There are points and there’s risk/reward. I thought that was the whole idea of the sprint race – to make it interesting for the fans.

“I think it’s nice to see drivers that are maybe further back fighting for positions on Sunday.

“And if you’re starting up at the front, you might not like that so much. But that how it is. I wouldn’t want to see that change.

“I think if it is going to be a sprint, it might as well be a proper sprint that puts pressure on Sunday.”

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