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First-ever F1 Sprint Race, Disappearance of FP3 – How does its work?

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2021 F1 Sprint Race - British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Formula One has been fully prepared for presenting first ever F1 Sprint qualifying session at Silverstone on next race weekend. The Sport targeting to entertaining all three days of race weekend, especially highlighting an exciting session on Friday.

One of the major changes in Sprint race weekend – Practice 3 will be disappearing. On Saturday evening sprint race will be conduct instead of a normal qualifying session. Traditional qualifying will be performed on Friday evening session, and original FP2 will be held on Saturday morning. Which means two practice session, one normal qualifying session for Sprint race line-up and a Sprint race session for main race starting position.

Sprint races a short version of normal F1 race, which will be decided Sunday main race grid – No standing start, restricted to 100km race distance (Normal race distance is 305km+), no mandatory pitstops, free choice to select the tyre compound, DRS in action and race duration limited 25 to 30 minutes maximum.

It will be more thrilling because the drivers can push the maximum limit to more overtaking in the 13 to 15 laps short run, especially tyre durability is not challenging for a short fight.

DayLocal TimeEvent
Friday14:30–15:30Practice One (Regular)
Friday18:00Qualifying (starting grid for the sprint race qualifying)
Saturday12:00–13:00Practice Two (Regular)
Saturday16:30–17:00Sprint Race (100km sprint race qualifying - starting grid for the main race)
Sunday15:00Race (Regular)

Regulations regarding the tyres are also revising.

Friday First practice session – Each driver can only use two sets of tyres
Friday evening Qualifying session – Five sets of soft tyres.
Following the Friday sessions, teams will use these options for tyres for the remainder of the weekend:

Saturday morning practice session – One set of tyres, free choice to select the tyre compound
Saturday evening sprint race – One set of tyres, free choice to select the tyre compound

Sunday Main Race – Two remaining sets, teams can choose which compound to start on

There will be a maximum of nine sets of wets and intermediates in total.

I am nervous, but that is normal – Ross Brawn, the F1 boss

Brawn’s sound has been indication that Formula one is targeting to introduce Sprint Race permanently from next year.

“I’m nervous, but that’s normal. I think we’ve put a lot of work into organising sprint qualifying, so I think there’s a good chance of success. We need to get the fans involved and make sure we have a race that really fascinates them. I think that will work, but we won’t know until we get there.” Brawn said.

“The best thing that can happen is that sprint qualifying becomes part of a Grand Prix weekend. Maybe not every race, but we want to stress that we want to extend the weekend. Now the Friday also has a big event: qualifying.”

“With sprint qualifying on Saturday and the regular race on Sunday, we’re really trying to add to that, to make sure we don’t take anything away from the Grand Prix.” Brawn added.

F1 driver’s reaction about F1 Sprint Race

Seven-times F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is not a big fan of Sprint race, the Brit call “it would be going like a train.” And “It won’t be too exciting”

“It will just be a train, probably,” said the Hamilton. “Hopefully, there will be some overtaking, but most likely it won’t be too exciting.
George Russell is not expecting any advantage for his team Williams from Formula 1 sprint race at Silverstone.

“Silverstone’s going to be an even bigger crowd [than Austria] and I’m sure they’re going to be buzzing for it – probably after England have won the Euros as well, so they’re going to be happy about that,” Russell said.

“Obviously, there’s the sprint qualifying as well. I’m not too sure that will play into our favour, because obviously we’re normally a bit better on the quali performance than we are in the race.

“But we’ve got to give it a chance and maybe it goes the other way. It’s new for everybody, and that also gives an opportunity.” George added.

AlphaTauri’s ace Pierre Gasly suggesting that, need to review for all three Sprint races, following if its more exciting, accept the new format, if its not going well, keep the the current F1 race weekend format.

“I think it’s fair to wait all three weekends, and if there are any positives from it and people like it, then why not keep it in the future?” Gasly said. “But I think we have to review after all three weekends. What does it bring? Does it really make it more exciting? Because I think that’s the whole point of it.

“If it does, then why not? But if it doesn’t, then it’s important to keep the format that we have, which I think is good. I enjoy the qualifying on Saturday and having only one single race during the weekend.”

2022 F1

F1 Championship Points Standing – After Imola GP

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2022 F1 Drivers Championship Standing after F1 Emilia Romagna GP

Pos Driver Team Points
1Charles LeclercFerrari86
2Max VerstappenRed Bull59
3Sergio PerezRed Bull54
4George RussellWilliams49
5Carlos SainzFerrari38
6Lando NorrisMcLaren35
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes28
8Valtteri BottasMercedes24
9Esteban OconAlpine20
10Kevin MagnussenHaas15
11Daniel RicciardoMcLaren11
12Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri10
13Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri6
14Fernando AlonsoAlpine2
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo1
16Alex AlbonWilliams1
17Lance StrollAston Martin1
18Mick SchumacherHaas0
19Sebastian VettelAston Martin0
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams0

2022 F1 Teams Championship Standing after F1 Imola Emilia Romagna GP

Pos Team Points
1Ferrari124
2Red Bull113
3Mercedes77
4McLaren46
5Alfa Romeo25
6Alpine22
7AlphaTauri16
8Haas15
9Aston Martin5
10Williams1

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Race results – F1 Imola Emilia Romagna GP

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Defending world champion Max Verstappen has won at Imola for the second season in a row ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez, Red Bull made 1-2 finish as leaders Ferrari’s home Grand Prix turned into a terrible for the Italian outfit.

Pos Driver Team LapsTimePoints
1Max VerstappenRed Bull631:32:07.98626
2Sergio PerezRed Bull63+16.527s18
3Lando NorrisMcLaren63+34.834s15
4George RussellMercedes63+42.506s12
5Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo63+43.181s10
6Charles LeclercFerrari63+56.072s8
7Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri63+61.110s6
8Sebastian VettelAston Martin63+70.892s4
9Kevin Magnussen Haas63+75.260s2
10Lance StrollAston Martin62+1 lap1
11Alex Albon Williams62+1 lap0
12Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri62+1 lap0
13Lewis HamiltonMercedes62+1 lap0
14Esteban OconAlpine62+1 lap0
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo62+1 lap0
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams62+1 lap0
17Mick SchumacherHaas62+1 lap0
18Daniel RicciardoMcLaren62+1 lap0
19Fernando AlonsoAlpine6DNF0
20Carlos SainzFerrari0DNF0

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Hamilton and Wolff spotted in heated conversation after Imola disaster

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Lewis Hamilton 2022 F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

During Emilia Romagna Grand Prix post qualifying session, Sir Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was seen engaging in a heated conversation, the Brit was eliminated from Q2 on Friday.

Bothe Hamilton and Wolff be found to be holding heated conversations in the Mercedes garage just after the Brit crashed out of Q2 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. It was another poor results, which was resulted P13 in for sprint race at Imola.

On the incident with Wolff, Hamilton said: “It’s all internal stuff. I’d rather not share that. But yeah we’ll keep working, it is what it is. Each weekend is a rescue.

“It wasn’t a great session. Yeah. Naturally, it’s disappointing. We came here with optimism and we know everyone is working really hard at the factory and when things don’t come together it’s disappointing. I think we under-performed as a team today.

“There are things that we should have done and didn’t do. Anyway, we will work as hard as we can to move up in the sprint race. Hopefully tomorrow is better, weather-wise, and who knows, maybe we can work our way forwards.”

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SAUDI GRAND PRIX

Date Session Time
FRI DEC 03 FP1 16:30 - 17:30
FRI DEC 03 FP2 20:00 - 21:00
SAT DEC 04 FP3 17:00 - 18:00
SAT DEC 04 QUALI 20:00 - 21:00
SUN DEC 05 RACE 20:30 - 23:30

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