Mercedes boss in Formula 1, Toto Wolff admitted that there are negotiations for the format of Sprint weekends to be changed. Short races, which were adopted in the highest category of world motor sport in 2021, this year were held in five events, and will have a sixth edition at the São Paulo GP, scheduled for this weekend at the Autódromo de Interlagos.
Although the short races in Interlagos proved to be exciting, on other circuits the races were considered monotonous. Rumors suggest that the format of the GPs with Sprint may be changed. The idea is to have the Shootout moved to Friday, with the short race being held on Saturday morning, with qualifying taking place afterwards.
“We are talking to Stefano. It’s his decision, but you can correlate it more easily… you do the Sprint Shootout and then the second qualifying for the race, which would be on Saturday at two o’clock, which is the time we know. Maybe that would create less confusion,” said Wolff, in a statement to Sky Sports.
“I think we all have the same goals, between F1 and the teams. I’ve said this many times, but I don’t really like these weekends, but if it makes sense from the public’s point of view, it’s obvious that we need it”, continued the Mercedes director, who ruled out changes to the free practice sessions, even following Lewis Hamilton’s disqualification in Austin.
“It’s the same thing for everyone. From an engineering point of view, we could say that we would like to have more time. But the idea of the Sprint weekend was to create more risks and this is achieved with 60 minutes of training”, added Wolff.
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