F1 to sign sprint race plan ahead of Portuguese GP

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Following extensive discussions on the idea of ​​hosting a trio of sprint races on Saturday this year, a framework of rules plus an additional financial package have been put in place between the teams and F1 bosses.

The issue has yet to go through formal channels to be incorporated into the rules, this process is now underway.

A vote on the format of the sprint race is being tabled with the F1 Commission which meets on Monday, and there will be a 48 hour deadline for responses.

For the sprint race to be approved, it will require a “super majority” of 28 out of 30 votes in the committee. Each team has one vote, while the holder of the FIA ​​and F1 commercial rights has 10 votes each.

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However, with F1, the FIA ​​and all the teams agreeing on the sprint race plans, there seems to be a formality in the matter of getting the necessary support.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12 and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B battle at the start of the race

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

An official announcement confirming that the sprint qualifying practice could be imminent and will almost certainly be made before this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix.

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The sprint qualifying plan will be to run three 100km races on Saturday at Silverstone, Monza and Interlagos this year to see what impact it will have on television and on-track performance.

A regular qualifying session will take place on the Friday of each of these grand prix, with the sprint qualifier on Saturday to decide the grid for Sunday’s main event and offer a small number of points (3-2-1 ) for the first three. the finishers.

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One of the biggest hurdles F1 had to overcome for the sprint race format was sorting out the financial package for the teams – amid fears that greater crash damage on Saturday could push teams past the budget ceiling.

Ultimately, a deal worth around $ 500,000 for each team was put in place, with the ability to increase an individual team’s cost cap in the event of a costly crash in the sprint events. .

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