The Silverstone Circuit has announced that the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, which will be held between July 16 and 18, will be the first where it is run under the new Sprint Classification format.
The news follows the announcement by the FIA Formula One Commission of the unanimous approval of the adoption of a sprint qualifying session in three major prizes of the 2021 Formula 1 World Cup.
The nNew format will replace the usual qualification session. It will be based on a 100 kilometer fast race who will decide the grid for Sunday’s race and will also distribute valid points for the World Cup: three for the first, two for the second and one for the third. In turn, the starting grid of the Classification Sprint will be decided on Friday using the usual Saturday grading format.
“The format is designed toIncrease the action on the track and engage fans in an innovative way. The right balance is also struck to reward drivers and teams for their merits and, at the same time, give others the opportunity to fight on Saturday to increase their chances on Sunday, “the championship organization reported.
A) Yes, on Friday there will be a qualifying session after the first free practice which will determine the grid for Saturday’s sprint qualifying session.
The results of Saturday’s sprint qualifying session they will determine the starting grid for Sunday’s race.
The three Top finishers in Saturday’s sprint qualifying session will receive 3, 2 and 1 points.
Verstappen against statistics
The dutch Max verstappen (Red Bull), winner two weeks ago in Emilia Romagna (Italy), will question the leadership of the sevenfold English world champion Lewis hamilton (Mercedes) in Portimao; headquarters of Grand Prix of Portugal, the third of the Formula One World Championship, which takes place this weekend at the aforementioned Algarve circuit.
Verstappen reversed places with Hamilton, winner at Barein, who retained the championship lead thanks to the extra point he scored by setting the fastest lap at Imola. Where the spanish Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) was fifth; and his compatriot double Asturian world champion Fernando Alonso (Alpine) added his first point by finishing tenth, one place ahead of Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull).
Portugal will host for the eighteenth time a F1 Grand Prix (He organized another eight, but they did not make up the World Cup) after having returned – fourteen years after having done it for the last time, in Estoril – to the calendar of the premier category in 2020.
Portimao will host the third of the 23 races scheduled this year. It will close a week in which it was announced that Turkey will replace Canada in the calendar (on June 13) and that there will be three qualifications – two in Europe, one of them in Silverstone (United Kingdom), and another in America – that will be resolved by a sprint race on Saturday; who will order the Sunday grid and will award 3, 2 and 1 points, respectively, to the first three. The starting order of that short test will be decided on Friday, with a timed with the usual format of three rounds (Q1, Q2 and Q3).