“It will be a procession”;“It will be difficult to overcome since everyone will push to the limit without thinking about tire management”. So Lewis Hamilton and Carlos Sainz advanced doubts regarding the “100 km of action” expected Ross Brawn, great sponsor of the Sprint Qualifying which will debut on Saturday afternoon at Silverstone. 30 minutes of racing, 17 laps to cover, with free choice of tires to use. These are the ‘data’ available to teams and drivers, with the teams that will have to best interpret a weekend that is completely different from the usual.
Sprint Qualification: Hamilton expects a procession
Precisely for this reason the Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto he highlighted the fact that when the riders start for the Sprint Qualification, the teams will hardly have found an ideal setup in the previous sessions. An aspect that could reserve surprises even in a short run, the first in which the new Pirelli tires will be used with the construction of the rear tires different from that used up to now.
Sprint qualifications, Binotto: “I expect many retirements”
“Someone might come up with a non-optimal set-up and this could create a bit of confusion – explained Mattia Binotto as reported by the newspaper Motorsportweek.com – we tested the new tires in Austria, but not enough data was collected to make the most of them, we all need more experience ”. On Friday, in fact, after only one hour of free practice it will already be time to face the qualification – only using soft tires – while on Saturday there will be an hour to carry out experiments, but only 180 minutes before the start of the Sprint Qualification a period of time too short to make significant changes following what was learned in PL2. Speaking of this new format, the number one of the Ferrari wall underlined that it could be taken into consideration in the event of double dates on the same circuit next season.