Yuki Tsunoda is concerned Formula 1’s new Sprint Qualifying format will take valuable practice time away from rookie drivers at unfamiliar circuits.
Two of the three Sprint Qualifying rounds will take place at Silverstone and Monza, tracks Tsunoda and fellow rookies Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin have already raced at. However the third is due to be held at Interlagos and Brazil, which is new to all three of them.
Tsunoda said he approves of the experiment with a new format, but is concerned about qualifying at an unfamiliar circuit after just a single hour of practice.
“I think it’s a good thing to do something different and challenging,” he said. “I think a sprint race is one of the good ideas.
“But I would say first sprint race [at] Silverstone, for me is good, but in the beginning of the year, the first plan was to do a sprint race in Brazil, I think.
“For me it’s okay to do a sprint race but as a rookie, for example Brazil I have never driven and also I think most of the rookies, they haven’t driven there. And if we have sprint race, we don’t have a free practice two or three. We have only one free practice, and it goes just straight to qualifying. So as a rookie, it’s a bit of a difficult situation.
“So Silverstone for me is good, I’ve driven there already and I have a lot of experience there so for me I support it and I’m looking forward to it. But if it’s like a track I’ve never driven, I expect it to be a bit more difficult. But for me, Silverstone sprint race I definitely support and I’m really looking forward to it.”
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