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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.”

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Mercedes has been weird since Silverstone – Red Bull

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Mercedes Benz - 2021 Turkish GP

Red Bull Racing ace Max Verstappen leads the 2021 F1 world championship ahead of seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton. But in the constructor’s championship Mercedes leads ahead of nearest rival Red Bull Racing. Mercedes decided some time ago to stop the development of this 2021 F1 car. The Silver-arrows now focus on 2022, when the regulation widely change.

But Mercedes have been doubted with the rival Red Bull asking a curious development in their F1 championship battle. In the first-half this season Red Bull shows the consistent pace, but recent some races Mercedes heavily improves their performance.

Red Bull F1 team advisor Helmut Marko claims that Mercedes have made great improvements by continuing to boost their speed. He also admitted the team put “more downforce on the rear wing” than Red Bull, but believes something has been “weird” with Toto Wolff’s men since British Grand Prix.

Marko told F1-Insider.com: “I don’t think Mercedes did anything illegal.

“But something has been weird since Silverstone. So, it is now up to us to research why they are suddenly so fast. Is it just the engine or something else?

“We now have to workday and night to uncover its secret and then counter it. As quickly as possible. It is up to us.”

“If the differences in performance remain the same as in Istanbul, we will have a problem.

“Of the six racetracks, only the courses in Mexico and Sao Paulo play a part in our cards because of their altitude. At the moment the rest clearly seems to be Mercedes-Land.”

2021 F1 title is set to go to the wire – Toto Wolff

“I don’t think you can say that with absolute conviction,” Wolff said. “I believe we have a really good package now.

“The car is competitive and was very competitive [in Turkey] and if it wasn’t for a grid penalty I think we would have had every chance to finish first and second.

“That would have meant eight points more but I’m looking carefully optimistic into the future.”

“Austin [for the United States Grand Prix] is a track we like and is another opportunity but I’m under no illusion this is very much going to go to the end in the drivers’ championship.”

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Championship Standing after Turkish Grand Prix

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Drivers Championship Standing after Turkish Grand Prix

Pos Driver Team Points
1Max VerstappenRed Bull262.5
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes256.5
3Valtteri BottasMercedes177
4Lando NorrisMcLaren145
5Sergio PerezRed Bull135
6Carlos SainzFerrari116.5
7Charles LeclercFerrari116
8Daniel RicciardoMcLaren95
9Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri74
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine58
11Esteban OconAlpine46
12Sebastian VettelAston Martin35
13Lance StrollAston Martin26
14Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri18
15George RussellWilliams16
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams7
17Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo6
18Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1
19Mick SchumacherHaas0
20Robert KubicaAlfa Romeo0
21Nikita MazepinHaas0

Teams Championship Standing after Turkish Grand Prix

Pos Team Points
1Mercedes433.5
2Red Bull397.5
3McLaren240
4Ferrari232.5
5Alpine104
6AlphaTauri92
7Aston Martin61
8Williams23
9Alfa Romeo7
10Haas0

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Slicks was obviously the wrong decision – Vettel

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Sebastian Vettel 2021 Turkish GP

Sebastian Vettel was the only driver tried to slick compound-race in the damp Istanbul Park circuit for Turkish Grand Prix. Following switch to medium compound the Aston Martin ace had zero grip and too much slower than any other driver.

Following the slick’s huge disadvantage four-time world champion returned to the pits, partial-spinning in the pit entry and then swapping back to the inters. After the incident the German has been takes all responsibility regarding the slick call.

“Together, but in the end I made the decision, I wanted to try it. There was nothing left of the intermediates, I thought the slicks could perform just as well, but I couldn’t run them in and just had no grip. I lost so much time…”, Vettel said to The Race.

“It was worse than I expected. Even if it was a little bit still here and there, or wet – like I said, the main thing is that I couldn’t run the tyre in and then you’re just sliding.”

“But at the time, I don’t know, I was already tempted for a few laps, the inters didn’t get any better. If you looked at the tires, there wasn’t much left of them. They looked like a slick. I think I had reason, but it was obviously the wrong decision”.

“On the inters there was nothing left, I thought the drys could be as good, but I couldn’t run them in and just had no grip, lost so much time, couldn’t make them work. It was worse than I expected”, the German concluded.

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DUTCH GRAND PRIX

Date Session Time
FRI SEP 03 FP1 11:30 - 12:30
FRI SEP 03 FP2 15:00 - 16:00
SAT SEP 04 FP3 12:00 - 13:00
SAT SEP 04 QUALI 15:00 - 16:00
SUN SEP 05 RACE 15:00 - 17:00

Drivers Standings

DriverTeamPts
Lewis HamiltonMercedes105
VerstappenRed Bull101
NorrisMcLaren68
LeclercFerrari52
BottasMercedes47
Sainz Jr.Ferrari42
GaslyAlphaTauri31
PérezRed Bull69
VettelAston Martin28
RicciardoMcLaren26

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