British GP Sprint Qualifying: Where to Watch, Timings, Live Stream, Predictions, Laps, Weather Forecast & Other F1 Rules

Published 07/13/2021, 3:49 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the race REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


This weekend, F1 will make history at the British Grand Prix. To be precise, the Silverstone Circuit will host the very first sprint race to decide the grid for the main British GP.

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Naturally, fans will be eager to watch this momentous occasion, so if they cannot make it to the circuit itself, they can catch the sprint race on Sky Sports.

The sprint race is expected to kick off at 4:30 PM local time and lasts for 17 laps. Meanwhile, the main race starts at 3:00 PM and lasts for a grand total of 52 laps.

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Admittedly, Red Bull have been in excellent form in the past few races and will be the favorites. However, Mercedes has performed exceptionally well at the Silverstone Circuit.

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In terms of the weather forecast, many are expecting a dry weekend throughout. Of course, the weather can be a little unpredictable in England, so one can never be too careful.

It is also worth mentioning that teams will be quite wary about their tire usage. Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton got a brutal reminder last year, when the driver somehow managed to win with a three-wheeled car.

What is special about the British GP sprint qualifying?

For the uninitiated, the sprint race session replaces the traditional qualifying session. Over here, the weekend format is changed drastically.

To be precise, Friday sees one practice session and the traditional qualifying session to decide the sprint race grid. On Saturday, there is a final practice session before the sprint race gets underway.

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Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

At the end of 17 laps, the final results make up the grid for Sunday’s race. Sunday is the only day that does not have its schedule altered in any way.

Needless to say, many drivers are excited to kick off the first sprint race. They will want to prove that this experiment can be a successful one for the sport.

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