Today its been announced that Sprint Qualifying will be happening this year and at three Grand Prix’s, two European venues and one non-European, these will be announced in due course. Sprint Qualifying will see the drivers battle it out over 100km on Saturday afternoons of the selected Grand Prix’s.
Fridays Qualifying will see the starting grid for the Saturday Sprint Qualifying, then the result from Saturdays Sprint Qualifying will then decide the starting grid for Sundays race.
The schedule for race weekend will be the following:
Friday- 60 minute first practice in the morning and Normal Qualifying format in the afternoon.
Saturday- 60 minute second free practice in the morning and 100km Sprint Qualifying in the afternoon.
Sunday- Full distance Grand Prix as normal
It has been decided, that the top three finishers in Saturdays Sprint Qualifying will receive points- three for first place, two for second and one point for third.
I think its a good idea that they are only doing it at 3 race weekends to kind of trial it before bringing it to different circuits. I also think this could make it even more exciting (if thats possible) between Hamilton and Verstappen for the title as they will both want to fight for more points on the Saturday as well as the Sunday, I know its only 3, 2 or 1 points but looking at the points now theres only 1 between them and thats due to Hamilton’s fastest lap. I do think people should give this a chance before judging too quick, no one knows how its going to go👏🏻