Lewis Hamilton points out a major flaw in the F1 Sprint change proposal: PlanetF1

Lewis Hamilton points out a major flaw in the F1 Sprint change proposal: PlanetF1

Lewis Hamilton, among others, has brainstormed some ideas on how to improve the Sprint race format.

The current Sprint format has come under the spotlight in recent weeks, due to the lack of excitement the format offers for fans and drivers since it follows the same format as a regular Grand Prix weekend, albeit with one condensed day of action on Saturday to hold a separate qualifying session and short race. .

While there is a general consensus among paddock members that the format needs tweaking, nothing solid has been proposed yet – but Lewis Hamilton has an idea about how to improve the event, even if that idea has its own risks.

Lewis Hamilton proposes the idea of ​​modifying the Sprint format

The seven-time Formula 1 World Champion was asked about his thoughts on the current Sprint format when he appeared at the press conference ahead of the Interlagos weekend.

“Saturday is not the greatest of days, but I love the individual practice session straight into qualifying,” he said.

“I think we can learn. I would love for us to have a different format, rather than just the same three practice sessions and then qualifying and the race.

“But the best Sprint race I’ve ever been in was when I last started, so I’m all for the reverse order, unless we have that, everyone’s going to be trying to qualify at the end! But I think maybe it should be a little bit longer – a Sprint race – because it’s like 19 laps.” Or something like that.”

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz, who was sitting next to Hamilton at the press conference, said he did not want to see any more race weekends handed over to Sprint event management.

“I think now six is ​​enough,” he said.

“I agree that Saturday also reveals what will happen on Sunday. It’s basically the first stint of the Sunday race, what you see on TV, and that doesn’t help, I think, in showing the main race which is the Grand Prix.

“If you get to the point, you better try something else on Saturday. Is this reversing the grids? Is this one lap qualifying? Is this…whatever, I don’t know.”

“But I think that given that the Sprint system is an experiment that is currently going on in Formula 1, I would be open to continuing the experiment to see which system is best because for me, the system that we have now, just on Saturday, does not suit me.” I don’t feel quite right for what comes next on Sunday.

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Charles Leclerc indicated his support for the Sprint format, but agreed that six race weekends would probably be enough over the course of a season.

“I absolutely love it. I love the fact that there is only one free training session,” he said.

“I don’t think we should have more than six Sprint weekends a year. I think six is ​​good. But to have one free practice and go straight to qualifying is something I enjoy.

“I think Saturday could be changed and improved, but I really like Friday, not having three free training sessions is really long and it can get a bit boring sometimes. We always go through the same programme. So I like the fact of having “Only one free practice and going straight to competing in the qualifiers.”

Max Verstappen has been an outspoken critic of the Sprint since its introduction, making his feelings on the subject clear when asked how Saturday’s spectacle could be improved.

“Please, just a normal racing weekend, thank you,” he said. “I’m not interested in any change, I don’t like it.”

Another driver not in support is a rookie, with Logan Sargeant saying the format prevents less experienced drivers from finding their feet on a circuit they may not be familiar with.

“For me, this is not preferable,” he said.

“I think it’s good, as a rookie, to have the three training sessions. But on top of that, I feel like Saturday is a bit of an independent day and doesn’t offer much, if you’re not in the top eight. So I prefer a normal weekend.”

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