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Formula 1 bosses are to discuss a new proposal to introduce shorter 'sprint' races in an attempt to increase entertainment levels this season.

Teams and bosses will vote on Thursday on a plan for a shorter race on Saturday, which would define the grid for Sunday's grand prix.

Qualifying for the Saturday race would take place on Friday.

The top eight drivers in the 'sprint' race would earn approximately half the points awarded for the grand prix.

The 'sprint' race would be about 100km – a third the length of a grand prix – and would replace qualifying, which takes place on Saturday afternoon or evening.

Qualifying for the sprint race would replace second practice, which is on Friday afternoon or evening.

The plan – the latest in a series of attempts to introduce sprint races in some form on Saturdays – is to be discussed at a meeting of the F1 Commission of senior figures.

To be passed, it needs a total of 28 out of 30 votes. Governing body the FIA and commercial rights holder F1 have 10 each, and the 10 teams one apiece.

Previous plans have not received the necessary support but this one has dropped the proposal for a reverse grid for the sprint race. Mercedes, who blocked the plan for a reverse-grid sprint race, are said to be open-minded on the new proposal.

F1 president Stefano Domenicali said in a news conference last week: "Reverse grid is over. It's important to think of new ideas of being more attractive or interesting but we don't have to lose the traditional approach of racing.

"When we changed qualifying every couple of days [at the start of 2016], it burned our fingers. Now, the formula is quite stable. We are looking at what could be the approach of the so-called sprint race on Saturday. We are thinking that could be tested maybe this year."

Three races have been chosen as potential venues for a trial this year on the basis that they should provide fast and exciting racing – Canada, Italy and Brazil.

If they were a success, the idea would be used more widely in 2022.

F1 hopes the idea would raise interest for the audience, as Friday practice sessions tend only to be watched by avid fans.

The plan should be seen as part of a wider attempt by F1 to increase the value of the business significantly over the next five years.

However, it remains to be seen whether teams will accept the idea.

One potential sticking point is that, according to sources, F1 is proposing only an extra $75,000 (£55,000) per team per race to cover the new approach.

This is nowhere near enough to cover the costs of any damage to cars in the shorter race – a front wing alone can cost as much as $200,000.

There is also scepticism in some quarters as to whether a sprint race would provide the excitement some expect.

Some insiders have raised questions as to whether teams and drivers would be risk-averse during the sprint race, as the penalty for having a problem or not finishing is so high when far more points are given out in the main Grand Prix.

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Comment posted by jimmy777, at 11:59 9 Febjimmy777

11:59 9 FebI think the introduction of Dick Dastardly and Muttley would greatly increase the entertainment.44114D

Reply posted by Disco3Stu, at 12:40 9 FebDisco3Stu

12:40 9 Febto jimmy777"I think the introduction of Dick Dastardly and Muttley would greatly increase the entertainment."Disco3Stu replied: Double points if they catch the pigeon?2607More replies (26)downS

Comment posted by shez101, at 11:55 9 Febshez101

11:55 9 FebHalf points given for the sprint race does devalue the main event somewhat.2949D

Reply posted by Displayname1, at 12:41 9 FebDisplayname1

12:41 9 Febto shez101"Half points given for the sprint race does devalue the main event somewhat."Displayname1 replied: Yep, if the quali race is a third of the main race then you’d expect the points to reflect that.696More replies (8)downR

Comment posted by RB, at 12:10 9 FebRB

12:10 9 FebRemove the dull predictable tracks and go to venues which we know throw in some excitement as F1 had to do in 2020.2852N

Reply posted by Name, at 12:47 9 FebName

12:47 9 Febto RB"Remove the dull predictable tracks and go to venues which we know throw in some excitement as F1 had to do in 2020."Name replied: But tracks like Monaco and Abu Dhabi are too much of a gravy train for all the drivers, teams and media that everybody elses voices get drowned out. Who cares about the fans when you get to hang out with supermodels, do photoshoots, promotions, catwalks and drink champagne.1597More replies (16)downL

Comment posted by LewisHamiltonFanGuy44, at 11:57 9 FebLewisHamiltonFanGuy44

11:57 9 FebCan we all agree that quali is one of the better bits of the weekend? I mean could you imagine a Monaco sprint race in place of a quali session?24722M

Reply posted by magicrm, at 12:27 9 Febmagicrm

12:27 9 Febto LewisHamiltonFanGuy44"Can we all agree that quali is one of the better bits of the weekend? I mean could you imagine a Monaco sprint race in place of a quali session?"magicrm replied: That hasn’t been suggested.1473More replies (24)downW

Comment posted by Will, at 12:21 9 FebWill

12:21 9 FebIf they want better racing, go to better tracks.
The likes of Paul Ricard, Monaco, Yas Marina are absolute bore fests, even for the biggest of f1 fans
If they put the quality of track before how much money they receive for giving the likes of Abu Dhabi a GP then we’d consistently have much better racing, a superior product and we wouldn’t need these gimmicks2204D

Reply posted by Dys, at 12:54 9 FebDys

12:54 9 Febto Will"If they want better racing, go to better tracks. The likes of Paul Ricard, Monaco, Yas Marina are absolute bore fests, even for the biggest of f1 fansIf they put the quality of track before how much money they receive for giving the likes of Abu Dhabi a GP then we’d consistently have much better racing, a superior product and we wouldn’t need these gimmicks"Dys replied: Agreed… especially Monaco. It is supposed to be the pinnacle of the F1 calendar when in truth it is duller than watching soil erosion.1356More replies (18)downG

Comment posted by Ghammon, at 12:05 9 FebGhammon

12:05 9 FebNotice how we only had 1 or 2 “DULL” races this season… and funnily enough they were all on tilke-drome tracks. Didn’t get boring races on the old school or recently added old-school tracks, did we!?

Shame they reverted this season back to the usual. Last season was great despite Merc’s dominance. Also a team outside the top 3 got some wins !1549S

Reply posted by siweltrebor, at 12:11 9 Febsiweltrebor

12:11 9 Febto Ghammon"Notice how we only had 1 or 2 “DULL” races this season… and funnily enough they were all on tilke-drome tracks. Didn’t get boring races on the old school or recently added old-school tracks, did we!?Shame they reverted this season back to the usual. Last season was great despite Merc’s dominance. Also a team outside the top 3 got some wins !"siweltrebor replied: agree but it’s a money issue, those older tracks aren’t backed or funded like the lavish circuits on the calendar. I can’t stand the season closer, it’s a boring race year on year but it fits their lifestyle perfectly.481More replies (9)downO

Comment posted by Ottoman, at 12:29 9 FebOttoman

12:29 9 FebSaturday Qualy is the only time all weekend where we get to see these cars on the edge

Take it away and il be sleeping early on Saturday as well as the Sunday races11912T

Reply posted by TheNightmanCometh, at 12:48 9 FebTheNightmanCometh

12:48 9 Febto Ottoman"Saturday Qualy is the only time all weekend where we get to see these cars on the edge Take it away and il be sleeping early on Saturday as well as the Sunday races"TheNightmanCometh replied: But if they’re having sprint races, won’t they be “on the edge” there too? Especially if points are involved.951More replies (8)downG

Comment posted by Golfnut, at 12:16 9 FebGolfnut

12:16 9 FebHow about a 20 lap qualifying, with the slowest driver being eliminated after every lap.11214R

Reply posted by RangersHoops03, at 12:21 9 FebRangersHoops03

12:21 9 Febto Golfnut"How about a 20 lap qualifying, with the slowest driver being eliminated after every lap."RangersHoops03 replied: that would be enjoyable to watch, one vs one race with Hamilton and Verstappen for pole.285More replies (16)downI

Comment posted by Isthisok, at 12:02 9 FebIsthisok

12:02 9 FebI wish that the powers that be would stop asking nearby 7 year olds for new ideas. We had some great racing at some older and some novel tracks last year and what do they do? They bring back Monaco.

It’s almost as if they don’t know what to do other than bring money into the sport.1028K

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Reply posted by kris, at 12:37 9 Febkris

12:37 9 Febto Isthisok"I wish that the powers that be would stop asking nearby 7 year olds for new ideas. We had some great racing at some older and some novel tracks last year and what do they do? They bring back Monaco. It’s almost as if they don’t know what to do other than bring money into the sport."kris replied: Clearly Monaco doesn’t provide the test of driving ability or excitement it used to with modern day cars. But the history alone makes it a draw, particularly for qualifying given it sorts the race. What I find immensely frustrating is when a ‘new’ track is introduced which doesn’t work. Singapore’s street circuit and the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi being absolute prime examples.688More replies (6)downC

Comment posted by CranleighEagle, at 11:58 9 FebCranleighEagle

11:58 9 Febthis will put smaller teams out of business. 1 wrecked car in the sprint will mean a massive bill and even the possibility of not racing on the sunday, chances of crashing are higher in the sprint race due to its nature – short fast .824S

Reply posted by southcoastpaul, at 13:17 9 Febsouthcoastpaul

13:17 9 Febto CranleighEagle"this will put smaller teams out of business. 1 wrecked car in the sprint will mean a massive bill and even the possibility of not racing on the sunday, chances of crashing are higher in the sprint race due to its nature – short fast ."southcoastpaul replied: Yes, in theory a sprint race is a good idea, but doesn’t this all add to the costs of F1 when they are trying to reduce them? Damaged cars, extra stress on engines/gearboxes more fuel use (environment).560More replies (1)downB

Comment posted by bagseye, at 12:02 9 Febbagseye

12:02 9 FebI like that they are at least trying to resolve the issue of dull races, of which they’re were a couple last season.

But really, that is down to one thing. The tracks. Yas Marina, Paul Ricard, and date is day it, Monaco are amongst some of the worst race weekends on the calendar.

The ‘wildcard’ effect we had with tracks this year created some brilliant races. More of that please!742W

Reply posted by Will, at 12:16 9 FebWill

12:16 9 Febto bagseye"I like that they are at least trying to resolve the issue of dull races, of which they’re were a couple last season.But really, that is down to one thing. The tracks. Yas Marina, Paul Ricard, and date is day it, Monaco are amongst some of the worst race weekends on the calendar.The ‘wildcard’ effect we had with tracks this year created some brilliant races. More of that please!"Will replied: 100% right. If they want better racing they should go to better race circuits.720More replies (5)downD

Comment posted by DarrenJ, at 12:21 9 FebDarrenJ

12:21 9 FebThis would put me off watching. System works mostly fine as it is. Wish they would stop trying to fix things that are not broken.7210K

Reply posted by KingFreddy, at 12:56 9 FebKingFreddy

12:56 9 Febto DarrenJ"This would put me off watching. System works mostly fine as it is. Wish they would stop trying to fix things that are not broken."KingFreddy replied: It’s the rules with the cars they need to change. Let’s face it, F1 isn’t about ingenuity or innovation anymore, it’s more about who has the best tactics. The cars need to be more on a level playing field for that to be any success.
Not exactly the same, but different enough to keep it tactically interesting.87More replies (7)downG

Comment posted by Gopr, at 13:17 9 FebGopr

13:17 9 FebBernie’s idea of putting sprinklers on the circuit to simulate wet weather was better than this! F1 will be like WWE before we know it. This is a silly knee jerk reaction. Last season’s calendar mix-up shows us the problem is two fold: 1) bad tracks, 2) too much dirty air to follow. The second will be solved in 2022 so its just about finding new circuits now. This sprint race idea is superficial591P

Reply posted by paul brownie, at 19:49 9 Febpaul brownie

19:49 9 Febto Gopr"Bernie’s idea of putting sprinklers on the circuit to simulate wet weather was better than this! F1 will be like WWE before we know it. This is a silly knee jerk reaction. Last season’s calendar mix-up shows us the problem is two fold: 1) bad tracks, 2) too much dirty air to follow. The second will be solved in 2022 so its just about finding new circuits now. This sprint race idea is superficial"paul brownie replied: It’s getting like that anyway. The organisers seem to be getting desperate to keep the interest going – the sport is becoming dependent on gimmicks; partly to try to level the field, partly to reduce expenditure and reduce speed to keep it reasonably safe. It’s like watching the last days of the Roman Empire! I think Button is right, electric is probably the future, but will it be F1 anymore?.20R

Comment posted by Rob, at 12:19 9 FebRob

12:19 9 Feb”Friday Practice Sessions tend only to be watched by Avid Fans” Should read “Friday Practice Sessions tend only to be watched by Avid Fans who don’t work on a Friday”574K

Reply posted by KingFreddy, at 12:58 9 FebKingFreddy

12:58 9 Febto Rob"”Friday Practice Sessions tend only to be watched by Avid Fans” Should read “Friday Practice Sessions tend only to be watched by Avid Fans who don’t work on a Friday”"KingFreddy replied: I watch them on Youtbube after work. If I’m in the mood for them.81More replies (1)downW

Comment posted by wolf359, at 12:18 9 Febwolf359

12:18 9 FebPlease no. Sounds like an awful idea.4939

Reply posted by 9ja_scorpion, at 15:42 9 Feb9ja_scorpion

15:42 9 Febto wolf359"Please no. Sounds like an awful idea."9ja_scorpion replied: Kindly suggest an idea to help improve the spectacle that is not awful.216More replies (7)downD

Comment posted by DONC83, at 11:56 9 FebDONC83

11:56 9 FebQualifying in it’s current format show us the drivers on the absolute limit of what can do in their car. It would be huge shame to lose that spectacle. Fingers crossed any Friday qualifying is a like for like on what happens current on the Saturday.471M

Comment posted by matthueycamo, at 12:00 9 Febmatthueycamo

12:00 9 FebGood idea, take the most exciting part of the weekend with the cars at their fastest and replace it…….395G

Reply posted by George, at 10:26 10 FebGeorge

10:26 10 Febto matthueycamo"Good idea, take the most exciting part of the weekend with the cars at their fastest and replace it……."George replied: Spot on !10B

Comment posted by Boycie55, at 12:16 9 FebBoycie55

12:16 9 FebAdded features could be Car number 7 to be ambushed by Muttley, car 9 steering wheel is locked, Car 10 oil spill on last lap.324P

Reply posted by paul brownie, at 19:51 9 Febpaul brownie

19:51 9 Febto Boycie55"Added features could be Car number 7 to be ambushed by Muttley, car 9 steering wheel is locked, Car 10 oil spill on last lap."paul brownie replied: The suggestion does have that feel about it. It depends on whether F1’s owners think of it as a sport or an entertainment. I think it’s being seen as the latter.00More replies (2)downP

Comment posted by paulbc, at 12:27 9 Febpaulbc

12:27 9 FebI like many can only watch on weekends. Part of the excitement is to watch qualifying. There is much predictability in qualifying than a race. Surely the same ones who do well in the proposed sprint races will just do well in the main race. Pointless exercise and one which will turn off even more watchers. Go to old fashioned circuits like last season instead, much more fun to watch.314B

Comment posted by Bobman, at 12:48 9 FebBobman

12:48 9 FebIdeas to create interest:

1. Lose the boring tracks.
2. Change the aero rules to allow more overtaking.
3. Ensure the TV rights are with free to air channels or limit the cost i.e. £5 a race.
4. Don’t come up with silly ideas like this one.282T

Reply posted by Tony, at 11:47 10 FebTony

11:47 10 Febto Bobman"Ideas to create interest:1. Lose the boring tracks.2. Change the aero rules to allow more overtaking.3. Ensure the TV rights are with free to air channels or limit the cost i.e. £5 a race.4. Don’t come up with silly ideas like this one."Tony replied: I think you’ve nailed it there.21More commentsBack to topunknown
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