F1: “We’re looking at the so-called sprint race on a Saturday” – Stefano Domenicali

Published on February 5, 2021
By Short Shift News

Stefano Domenicali, Formula One’s newest CEO, has confirmed the possibility of running a Sprint Race on Saturday, but it would not set the grid for the ‘feature race’.

Last year, Formula One investigated the possibility of running reverse grid races at certain events to spice up the F1 races. However, plans where quickly shot down by F1 teams, but they haven’t ruled out the possibility of an extra, shorter race on Saturdays.

Stefano Domenicali

“Reverse grid is over. That’s something I can tell you.”

Speaking about the possibility of having a sprint race, Domenicali said: “What we’re looking at is what could be the approach of the so-called sprint race on a Saturday,” he explained. “We are thinking if this could be tested already this year. There are discussions going on with the teams in the right forum, and I think that maybe this could be the only one thing that could be interesting.”

2020 Tuscan Grand Prix, Sunday – LAT Images

The Italian also alluded to exploiting some of F1’s younger talent, claiming they “need to give attention once again to the rookies, the real rookies” Currently, F1 teams can replace one driver during a practice session. Still, Domenical’s long term vision would be to scrap that, allowing ‘wildcard entries’ in the future.

Featured images: Getty Images & Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team/LAT Images


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