The main reason for interest this Silverstone weekend is undoubtedly the new race weekend format, designed by Formula 1 to ensure more action and fun for the spectators. Introducing a fast run on Saturdays – called Sprint qualification – to define the starting grid for the traditional Sunday Grand Prix, it aroused curiosity and several doubts. The main one concerns the convenience for the leading drivers in taking risks, with the danger of jeopardizing the next day’s appointment in which the ‘heavy’ points will be assigned (in the 100 km race there will be only 3 points for the first, 2 for the second and 1 for the third).
Sprint Qualification: Hamilton expects a procession
The number one of the Mercedes team, Toto Wolff, he clarified his thoughts to the Austrians of Krone: “I try not to think about it. But I think Saturday can be very boring, with many ‘trains’ because the pilots won’t want to take too many risks“. The manager from Vienna further clarified his point of view: “What would happen if favorites like Verstappen, Hamilton or Norris were involved in an accident? They would risk not starting on Sunday or shooting from the rear. Risk factors will be important“. Wolff later acknowledged that “however it will be three days full of interest and this could be interesting“. The Austrian is already clear about Mercedes’ approach: “NIn the two free practice sessions we will work mainly on the race set-up“.