F1 Mulling ‘Bonus’ Points During Sprint Qualifying Weekends

Published 06/01/2021, 12:23 PM EDT
NOIDA, INDIA – OCTOBER 26: Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali attends the official press conference following practice for the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at Buddh International Circuit on October 26, 2012 in Noida, India. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


After a heated devate, Sprint races will finally take place this year. Moreover, there will be an added risk as there will be more points to grab over the course of the weekend. We will see the first Sprint race at the British GP at Silverstone. As per F1 boss, Stefano Domenicali, these extra points will generate more interest in Formula One.

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With the opportunity to grab extra points for this season, teams and drivers will push the limits around the track that will help score crucial points for both, the drivers and the constructor’s championship.

F1 boss believes Sprint races will make things more interesting

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As quoted from Gazzetta, Domenicali said, “We don’t want to sit on the laurels of a format that could become old from classic. This is an experiment that should make Friday, Saturday and Sunday interesting. With the tests on the first day preparatory to a short race.- called Sprint race.

“To be held on Saturday which establishes the starting order of the main race on Sunday. A formula that offers more content for television and that allows organizers to spread interest over several days.”

NOIDA, INDIA – OCTOBER 26: Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali attends the official press conference following practice for the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at Buddh International Circuit on October 26, 2012 in Noida, India. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

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“For the riders we are thinking of a bonus of points for those who hit the grand slam: pole, victory in the Sprint race and victory of the Grand Prix. If successful, it can become the permanent way of running the most historic and iconic grand prix,” Stefano concluded. (Translated from Italian via Google)

Toto Wolff shares his concerns about the idea of Sprint Races

Teams and drivers are content with the current race weekend format. One such person is Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, who is skeptical about the idea of a Sprint Race but has kept an open mind about it.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

As quoted from GPFans, Wolff said, “We are in a data-driven world.  So, I don’t think we want to block anything. It’s worth the experiment but we need to be very careful with it. With the format that we have and with the responsibility we carry for Formula 1.”

With the Sprint races being introduced as an experiment this year, do you think it will make for more interesting title battles as these races can offer crucial points? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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