F1 teams offer ‘broad support’ for Sprint Race trial

F1 teams have offered their “broad support” for a Sprint Race trial this season, with a final vote taking place following the results of an investigation conducted by a dedicated working group.

F1 is set to test the merits of a 100-kilometer sprint race that would replace qualifying on Saturday afternoon and would determine the grid for Sunday’s event.

The concept would be trialed at the Canadian, Italian and Brazilian Grands Prix as the three circuits typically provide exciting races.

However, teams wish to do more due diligence on the idea, especially regarding the risks and costs involved in running in the short Saturday race.

“All teams recognised the major importance of engaging fans in new and innovative ways to ensure an even more exciting weekend format,” said the FIA on Thursday.

“There was, therefore, broad support from all parties for a new qualifying format at some races, and a working group has been tasked with creating a complete plan with the aim to reach a final decision before the start for the 2021 championship.”

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During the online meeting, it was also agreed to allocate the ‘TBC’ May 2 slot to the Portuguese GP, pending a final approval with the Portim√£o promoter.

Finally, the F1 Commission also confirmed the number of days allocated to Pirelli¬† for testing F1’s new 18-inch wheels, with the number increased from 25 to 30.

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