Formula 1 introduced its new sprint qualifying format at Silverstone, which added an extra race on Saturday to decide the grid for the race. It stated the race winner would be considered the official pole position holder for the weekend, rather than the top qualifier, in a departure from tradition.
While Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in qualifying, sprint qualifying winner Max Verstappen was deemed the pole position holder.
Sebastian Vettel was among those to criticise the decision, calling it “wrong”. Haas’s Steiner agrees with him.
“I think if we go ahead with this sprint qualifying for the future, qualifying should be counted as a qualifying, as a pole position and the sprint qualifying as a sprint qualifying win,” he said. “I would do it like this.”
Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn has indicated the rule may be reconsidered if the sprint qualifying formation is retained beyond this season.
Pirelli reveal Silverstone tyre demands
Pirelli gave insight into the formidable loads experienced by its tyres last weekend at one of the fastest and most demanding circuits on the Formula 1 calendar.
“There is a lot of lateral energy that is going into the tyre and the front is the most heavily loaded tyre,” said Pirelli’s motorsport head Mario Isola. “We were just checking the other day on on the loads for example in Maggotts, Becketts and Chapel, the sequence, on the loaded side on each tyre there is a lateral load of 1,200 kilos. That is quite a lot on each tyre.
“And there are many corners where we we have more than five G or close to five G of lateral acceleration. So it’s quite a hard circuit for the tyre, especially for the front.”
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