The British Grand Prix will see the debut of the new format of the Sprint Race, the race to be held over a distance of 100 km that will determine the starting grid for the Sunday race. On the eve of the British weekend experiment, several paddock players expressed their predictions regarding the impact of the sprint race and the approach with which it will be faced.
Sprint qualifications, Binotto: “I expect many retirements”
Recently Mattia Binotto he said he expected a sprint race to be tackled in a particularly aggressive manner by the drivers, increasing the likelihood of contacts and accidents. Previously the world champion Lewis Hamilton he had instead shown a completely different thought, believing that the fear of the drivers of being involved in an accident and starting the Grand Prix from the rear could cause long trains of cars. He took an even different line Carlos Sainz, who said he was optimistic about the possibilities of pushing for the duration of the sprint race. The distance of only 17 laps will allow the riders to push without particular apprehension due to tire wear.
Sprint qualification: Hamilton expects a procession
At the end of the Austrian Grand Prix, too Daniel Ricciardo expressed his thoughts in anticipation of the sprint race, placing himself halfway between the expectations of Hamilton and Binotto: “I think the sprint race should be approached like a normal race. If you are compliant, then you will have to take all the risks on Sunday because you will start even further behind. Currently I believe that the approach will be the usual one, trying to attack when possible and capitalizing on every opportunity ”.
Ricciardo also commented on the absence of a tire change during the sprint race: “Pit stops add fun and truly engage the squadronto. If you overtake a car via an undercut on Sunday in the race, then everyone feels they have contributed to that win or result. I like the teamwork element, but we’ll see how it will be ”.