Max Verstappen Suggests the FIA to Make Radical Changes to Sprint F1 Weekend Format

Published 07/18/2021, 9:48 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 3, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates qualifying in pole position REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


Max Verstappen won the sprint qualifying to claim pole position at the British Grand Prix. The Red Bull to the lead from Lewis Hamilton at Turn 1 and kept the Mercedes driver behind through the sprint.

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Admittedly, the schedule for race weekends with sprint qualifying is a bit confusing – FP2 takes place after qualifying and before the sprint quali. Red Bull’s star driver Verstappen also feels the same way, and he even stated that F1 should drop the FP2 for weekends with sprint qualifying sessions, calling another practice session pointless.

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FP2 doesn’t matter: Max Verstappen

The Red Bull driver gave his view on the sprint qualifying and how the format could be improved. “It’s a bit strange that after Friday qualifying you can’t change anything on the car.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

“Then on Saturday, you go into FP2 and the sprint race. Why not drop that second practice, it doesn’t really matter anyway.” said the Red Bull driver.

What happened to Verstappen during qualifying?

As reported by Verstappen.com, the championship leader stated that he does not have the answers for his lack of pace in qualifying. He also mentioned the change in track conditions from FP1 to qualifying was massive.

Pretty good, although the end wasn’t as great. I don’t know what was wrong during qualifying,” said the Dutchman.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after finishing first and second respectively in the sprint race qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

I didn’t expect there to be so much grip so I think we might’ve put on too much rear wing.

It’s only the rear tires that have changed so I don’t know why we have so much understeer. Normally we would’ve added more front wing, but it didn’t change anything.

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“In the race, we’ll obviously drive slower, so I don’t expect any problems. But we’ll investigate what’s behind it,” said the Red Bull driver.

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Well, the Milton Keynes surely investigated the issue thoroughly and resolved it in time, since Max went on to drive marvellously to secure the pole position during the sprint race.

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But willl he be able to convert this pole into a race win? Or will he face these issues again?

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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