Sprint races come to Formula 1

Formula 1 is the highest international motorsport competition. For many years, F1 has strived to improve competition in all aspects. This year 2021, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) is making big changes in the rules to achieve greater competitiveness and equality between the teams, such as that the teams at the back of the grid have more time for the aerodynamic development of the cars compared to the best teams and budget limits. Despite this, Lewis Hamilton remains the favorite for the title in this 2021 season, as indicated by the bookmakers that can be consulted at this link. In any case, the British Mercedes driver will have to adapt to a new format: sprint racing.

The International Automobile Federation and the 10 World Championship teams have reached an agreement to hold three sprint races this 2021 season. This format consists of a short race, lasting 100 kilometers (one third as long as the long race). ), which will be held on Saturday instead of the current classification and will determine the positions of the starting grid on Sunday. In addition, on Friday there will be a classification that will decide the starting order in the short race. Beyond Sunday’s starting grid position, the top three finishers in the sprint race will score points in the overall standings. The winner will take three points, the second classified two and the third one.

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Silverstone, Monza and Interlagos

Saturday sprint races will be implemented at the British Grand Prix (Silverstone Circuit – June 17), the Italian Grand Prix (Monza Circuit – September 11) and the Brazilian Grand Prix (Interlagos Circuit – November 6th). Following the celebration of these three races, the FIA ​​will analyze the impact they have on television and entertainment on the track. In case of success, the new format could be extended to all the Grand Prix of the 2022 season, when the new technical regulations that will completely change the ‘Great Circus’ will also come into force. In this way, F1 seeks to add more emotion to a competition that has been devalued in recent years, especially due to the hegemony of the Mercedes team.

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Playing three more races throughout the 2021 season will mean extra expense for the 10 World Cup teams. For this reason, Liberty Media has agreed to pay $ 500,000 (about 420,000 euros) to each team so that they can deal with possible accidents and damage to the cars. In addition, if a car suffers extensive damage during one of the three sprint races, the team will receive an additional payment in the form of compensation and will increase its spending limit to cover the repair. Although there are still things to be defined, this new format promises strong emotions for Formula 1 fans.

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