The FIA announced on Monday that a new qualifying system would be put in place for three GPs this season: the “sprint qualifier”. An additional mini-race which will award points to the first three drivers and decide the starting grid for the GP on Sunday.
The routine of some F1 Grand Prix weekends will change, starting this season. The FIA announced on Monday that the “sprint qualifications” had been unanimously validated by all the teams and that they would be implemented for three Grands Prix, including two in Europe. The names of the GPs concerned have not been released.
The two free practice sessions scheduled for Friday will be replaced by a first free practice session, followed by qualifying, as we know it today. On the Saturday program: a second free practice session, followed by the famous “sprint qualifications” over 100 km. The drivers will take their places on the grid according to the results of the qualifiers on Friday and the first three at the finish will earn points (3, 2, 1). The result will determine the starting grid for the Sunday GP.
The purpose of this measure is to make Friday, which is currently little attended, more attractive, and thus capture more audiences.
More information to come.