F1 rethinks the Sprint

Lhe short races in F1, or the Sprint, are one of the great bets of Liberty Media, owner of F1 since 2017, also crowned with obvious audience success. Tomorrow their second season closes in Brazil, with three races in 2021 and another three in this 2022 and they have not yet found the formula that satisfies drivers and teams after retouching them from the first to the second year.

first by what it means for the fan to know if the Friday classification, which gives pole position on Saturday, is not valid for Sunday in nothing since the grid is formed just as the race ends. It’s still a bit shocking, and without it there are sanctions like Carlos Sainz’s five-position penalty, the thing is complicated to know if it affects the short race or the long one and, therefore, it could be left without pole.

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FIA and Liberty are studying a third turn of the screw for next year, in which there will also be six appointments, not yet defined, and in principle the good will be preserved, the 100 km at full speed without boxes or stops and points like now, scoring up to eight pilots. But they want more.

The main option seems to be the one that many pilots ask to give a real show on Saturday: that what happens there stays there, does not affect the grill on Sunday. Go out with your pants off without fear of also losing the appointment on Sunday. Because if you beat yourself up by three or five points and you can come out last for that, the risk-penalty ratio is always negative.

For example, Carlos Sainz even contributes that these Sprints come directly from how the World Cup is going at that time, the grill is inverted and hale, everyone slaps each other. But the pole that was made on Friday is only valid for Sunday; Saturday is like an orgy of fight, fight, period. Liberty is seriously considering it because the 24 organizers have asked for these double races after all, and the wilder the better.

AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly, of France, attends a practice ahead of the weekend's Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at lt;HIT gt;Interlagos lt;/HIT gt; racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Marcelo Chello)

AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly, of France, attends a practice ahead of the weekend’s Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at lt;HIT gt;Interlagos lt;/HIT gt; racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Marcelo Chello)Marcelo CheloAP

Carlos Sainz, “a separate career”

Sainz told MARCA what its ideal format would be: “A separate race from the rest of the weekend. I think that the ‘qualy’ on Friday has to continue to be the one that is valid for Sunday, that is, as now, that it counts for the race on Sunday, but the race on Saturday has to be separated, that it does not count for Sunday, but it is for the championship and that it be on the reverse grid of the 20 drivers of how you are doing in the World Championship, that the top 10 score but that they score less than 25 pointsit has to be worth less, and oh I know that we will see the two Red Bulls and the two Ferraris starting out among the last four or five with a tremendous desire to reach the top ten because if we do not arrive we do not score, but if we crash trying to come back the next day you still start on pole, which is the real race. There I know we will see a really fun sprint race, more than now, as you try to position yourself for the race on Sunday, but there is not much to see because it is like a first race stint.

For now, the style that MotoGP has chosen for 2023 is to go for what works, where Saturday’s classification will serve for the short race both on Saturday itself (sprint races debut in the premier category of two wheels) and the long race on Sunday, unlike in Superbikes, which is like F1. But it is another of the options that the championship leaders seriously value to polish and add value to these races.

F1 rethinks the Sprint