F1 sprint qualifying

F1 sprint race explained, let’s find out how it works

The introduction of F1 sprinting was in 2021. In April, the FIA Formula One management announced that the first sprinting qualifying will take place as an experiment at the British Grand Prix. First F1 sprint race started on 17 July 2021 at the Silverstone circuit.

A short Formula 1 race or “mini Grand Prix” may sound difficult, but you are not alone in your thoughts.

What does sprint mean?

Top speed running over short distances – that is the original meaning of sprinting. However, in view of Formula 1 as an independent event, it means two races on the weekend.

What is an F1 sprint race in simple terms?

F1 Sprint is the 100 km race that takes place on Saturday instead of the Formula 1 qualifying. The results in the finish of sprint determine the starting grid for the Sunday Grand Prix.

How long is a sprint in Formula 1?

F1 sprint races last about 25 minutes. How many laps the drivers complete at 100 km depends on the characteristics of the racetrack. For example, Silverstone hosted a 17-lap race, F1 sprint qualifying Monza lasted 18 laps, while the Brazilian Formula 1 sprint lasted 24 laps.

How does the sprint race work in F1?

The drivers who take their places in the order according to the results of the three qualifying sessions on Friday have free choice of tires for both the sprint race and the Grand Prix on Sunday.

From start to finish, the drivers speed up at full throttle without pit stops or changing tires. The distance of 100km makes it possible to race at the highest level and to qualify for the higher positions. Such a run makes the Formula 1 more attractive for fans.

The winner of the Formula 1 sprint qualifying at parc ferme receives a trophy, which official tire supplier Pirelli presents to winner.

Formula 1 sprint works without podium and a prize-giving ceremony after the finish.  This honor remains the privilege of the three first-place finishers at the Grand Prix on Sunday. However, there are a special post-Sprint presentation for the top three.

The drivers take their starting positions on Sunday in the order in which they finished the sprint race. In the event of accidents or car accidents, drivers will occupy the position at the end of the grid, as stipulated in the Formula 1 qualifying Rules.

Does F1 sprint race give points?

The three first-place finishers in F1 sprint receive points: 1. – 3 points, 2. – 2 points and 3. – 1 points for the drivers’ championship.

F1 Qualifying vs Sprint Race.

At the beginning of the experiment with introducing sprint races, someone said that this is the best substitute for standard qualifying, but that is not true. As with practice, sprint race is an excellent opportunity for drivers from the middle grid to fight for points and top starting positions.

In this way, Williams’ team driver George Russell improved to ninth place during the first Silverstone sprint race. Carlos Sainz also finished third in the Brazilian short race.

However, it is impossible to determine the fastest driver in the sprint. Too many secondary factors come first. For example, Lewis Hamilton was the fastest at Silverstone sprint race. He got the purple sectors during the event. Sametime, Max Verstappen was a bit more tricky and took the lead and won Silverstone sprint. F1 fans were disappointed because it looked unfair to Hamilton. That’s the point of regret and the “no” answer to “Will F1 sprint replace the qualifying session?”.

Formula 1 qualifying as a pre-event of Sunday’s race determines the fastest driver by pure time. Meanwhile, the sprint race calls the fastest through the finish line. Although these two events complement each other perfectly. Running F1 sprint races is expensive and sprinting will not work well on every track.

We have explained the main points of the sprint race in Formula 1. Let’s see how the race weekend changes by introducing a short race.

Will they cancel Formula 1 Qualifying?

The traditional qualifying on Saturday remains an important part of the weekend, but takes place on Friday. Qualifying determines the order of the sprint grid, while the sprint race determines the starting grid for Sunday’s race.

Is Formula 1 practice change?

Yes, we lose the third practice session from the race schedule. There are two sessions of one hour each on the weekend. The first is on Friday, the second on Saturday. Teams can use any two sets of their weekend allocation of 12, which has been reduced by one set because there will be less overall driving over the three days, apart from the sets they will have to set aside for qualifying of five soft parts and the race of two sets of tires.

What if it rains during the sprint race?

If FP1 or Qualifying will be raining, teams will receive an extra set of intermediate sets, but will have to return the used set before the sprint race.
If the sprint is recognized as wet, F1 teams can replace a new set of tires in accordance with the regulations.

Where are the F1 sprint races?

The schedule of the F1 sprint races coincides with the Formula 1 calendar. In the 2021 Formula 1 season, there were three sprints: Silverstone British Grand Prix, Monza Italian Grand Prix and the Brazilian Grand Prix.

As a successful experiment in 2021, F1 sprint race had to be held in 8 out of 23 races. After a while, it reduced the number to six sprint races. In fact, three races were proclaimed in the Formula 1 calendar 2022: Emilia Romagna, Austria and Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

What is the paradox of F1 Sprint race?

The main paradox of any sprint race in Formula 1 is the unjustified risk. In order to get the coveted place ahead, any driver can lose all positions in the event of an accident. All the drivers on the grid will go to the limit, so the sprint is the big lottery.

The good example to understand above, just remember how Red Bull driver Sergio Perez claimed to win Silverstone sprint race. Starting 25-minute race from fifth place, Mexican driver had flat out and lost all positions.

Sergio Perez Silverstone sprint 2021

What do experts think about the sprint race?

There is no clear opinion on sprinting in Formula 1. Most of them, such as Lewis Hamilton, believe that sprinting races require some amendments. The number of short races in the season is another controversy in Formula 1 for the teams, as they require increasing the budget limit.

Former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, for example, calls the format “complete nonsense”.

After three sprint races in 2021, sprint qualifying would have “many overtaking and so much fun,” as Scuderia Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said. What is certain is that the fans enjoyed the short races, while the F1 teams and drivers got new headaches.

F1 Sprint 2022: updated regulations.

The FIA Formula 1 management changed the rules for F1 sprint races during the start of the Formula 1 2022 season. The case is about two key points.

Why did F1 sprint rules change in 2022? Explained.

The teams’ budget limits reduced their passion for sprinting to nothing. Each crash cost the driver their starting position for Sunday. As a result, the driver lost everything because of a slight mistake. This happened to Sergio Perez in the 2021 F1 Brazil Sprint. Red Bull’s driver lost his third and commented – “Not much risk worth taking.”

The second key follows the previous key. F1 drivers asked for sprint to be an additional or different challenge, which does not change the results of Formula 1 qualifying results. Thus, racers may not be afraid to lose positions and take full speed in Saturday’s sprint race. No sooner said than done.

F1 Sprint Race 2022: what’s new?

First, it changed the sense of sprint. As an F1 sprint qualifying format race in 2021, it becomes a full-scale F1 sprint race in 2022, but only 100 kilometers long.

The drivers saved their fastest qualifying results to keep the race running at full speed. 

The winner of Friday’s qualifying takes first place on the starting grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix. In addition, sprint race adds points to the F1 drivers standings and to the constructors’ championship standings too. 

Scored points system changed for F1 sprint. Thus, the first eight drivers will get points – 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, respectively. Previously, only the first three drivers scored the points.

Launched as an experiment, the F1 sprint race cause a sensation and became an integral part of the Formula 1 weekend. Fans have been waiting for the event, drivers and teams have been preparing for it for a long time. In terms of the experiment, it means that Formula 1, as a motor sport, is constantly evolving. Sprint race may need more interesting rules, but in reality it is a step forward for race development.