Formula 1 to introduce sprint qualifying format at three Grands Prix in 2021

George Flood
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Formula 1 will introduce sprint qualifying at three races during the 2021 season, it has now been confirmed.

The new format will be implemented at two European races and one other grand prix during the current campaign, with the exact locations yet to be announced.

The shorter race on Saturdays, which will replace qualifying and determine the grid for Sunday’s grand prix, are likely to be trialled at Silverstone and Monza, with Brazil possibly staging another one.

The top three finishers in Saturday’s sprint qualifying will receive points, with first place receiving three points, second place two points and third place one point.

“We are excited by this new opportunity that will bring our fans an even more engaging race weekend in 2021,” said F1 president and CEO Stefano Domenicali.

“Seeing the drivers battling it out over three days will be an amazing experience and I am sure the drivers will relish the fight.

“I am delighted that all the teams supported this plan, and it is a testament to our united efforts to continue to engage our fans in new ways while ensuring we remain committed to the heritage and meritocracy of our sport.”

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FIA president Jean Todt said: “I am pleased to see that Formula One is seeking new ways to engage with its fans and enlarge the spectacle of a race weekend through the concept of sprint qualifying.

“F1 is showing itself to be stronger than ever with all stakeholders working together in this way, and much has been done to ensure that the sporting, technical and financial aspects of the format are fair.”

Additional reporting by PA.

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