Formula 1 may not stick with its decision to define the Sprint Qualifying race winner as the pole position holder.Sebastian Vettel, who described it as “wrong”.
While Lewis Hamilton set the quickest time in qualifying yesterday, Max Verstappen is officially the pole position holder for this weekend’s grand prix following his win in the sprint qualifying race today. In all of the 1,044 previous rounds of the world championship, qualifying has decided who starts from pole position.
F1’s managing director Ross Brawn said the implications of breaking this link with its history is “something we need to think about, if there’s some change in the nomenclature of what we’re doing.
“Should Friday be the pole position? There’s things, like that, that we will talk about and discuss with the FIA and the teams,” he said in response to a question from RaceFans.
“But I think we can’t be held back by history. We need to respect history but we must never be held back by history.”
While Hamilton lost the advantage of pole position he gained in qualifying, Brawn said the nature of the sprint qualifying format gave him another chance to win a race he would otherwise have lost.
“He’s got a really strong insight. If that had been the proper race today he wouldn’t have won it.
“So therefore, he’s got another opportunity tomorrow to think about his start, think about [how] he used his tyres, think about how he approached it. Because if that had been the proper race today he would not have won it.”
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