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Points will also be awarded for these races. The winner of the sprint race will get 3 points while those in P2 and P3 will get 2 and 3 points.

FIA President Jean Todt announced plans for three sprint races have been confirmed
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FIA President Jean Todt announced plans for three sprint races have been confirmed

F1 has announced that the plans for the sprint races have been unanimously approved. There will be three rounds that will feature sprint races in 2021. These sprint races will last 100 km, or about a third of a full Grand Prix, and will take place on Saturday to determine the grid for Sunday’s race. The schedule will be revised for these three stages as on a Friday there will be a practice session followed by a standard qualifying which will determine the grid positions for the sprint race. On Saturday there will be the second practice session followed by the sprint race. Sunday will feature the main Grand Prix. These races will allow the use of the DRS and there will be no constraints for pit stops as is currently the case in a normal dry race for tire changes.

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The proposal was finalized by the FIA ​​commission on Monday. “I am happy to see that Formula 1 is looking for new ways to engage with its fans and to expand the spectacle of a racing weekend through the concept of sprint qualifying,” said Jean Todt, the head of the FIA.

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“This has been made possible by the continued collaboration between the FIA, Formula 1 and all the teams. F1 is showing itself stronger than ever with all stakeholders working together in this way, and much has been done to ensure that the The sporting, technical and financial aspects of the format are fair, ”added the former Ferrari boss.

It is believed that the British GP, Italian GP and Brazilian GP will be the three rounds that feature the sprint racing format. It will be particularly exciting at Monza in Italy which is the fastest track on the calendar with the most straights and is nicknamed the “temple of speed”. Officially, at the moment, the only confirmation is that two of the races will take place in Europe and one outside of Europe.

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The race at Monza is said to be one of the races in the sprint race that houses Ferrari

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Points will also be awarded for these races. The winner of the sprint race will get 3 points while those in P2 and P3 will get 2 and 3 points respectively.

“We are delighted with this new opportunity which will give our fans an even more engaging racing weekend in 2021,” said Stefano Domenicali, CEO of F1.

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“Watching the pilots fight for three days will be an incredible experience and I’m sure the pilots will enjoy the fight. I am delighted that all the teams have supported this plan, and it is a testament to our united efforts to continue to engage. our fans in new ways while ensuring we remain committed to the legacy and meritocracy of our sport, ”he added.

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