Formula 1’s new Sprint Qualifying format must not diminish the significance of the grand prix during a race weekend, says the sport’s motorsport director Ross Brawn.
“The critical thing is to preserve the grand prix,” he told Sky. “We want the winner of the grand prix to come away from those weekends still being the strongest and most successful competitor of that weekend.
“But we want to fill out the weekend and we want to give the fans something more substantial to look at and follow on a Friday, something interesting on a Saturday.
“So as well as the Sprint Qualifying we’re going to have the normal qualifying on a Friday. You qualify to your position in the Sprint Qualifying and the Sprint Qualifying will take you forward to the race. So really we have a much fuller weekend and that’s what we want to explore.”
Brawn says F1 will not continue with the idea if the trial is considered unsuccessful.
“We want this opportunity to try it in three races this year. If it doesn’t work then we’ll put our hands up and we’ll go away and we’ll think about it again.
“But I’m quite optimistic about it. I think if you take the view of the whole weekend it’s got a lot going for it.”
As RaceFans revealed earlier today, the Sprint Qualifying sessions are expected to award points to the top three finishers.
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