The F1 Commission will vote tomorrow on the possible introduction of sprint races for this season, which would replace qualifying session on three race weekends, and in which eight drivers would score points and last about a third of the normal race.
Although Stefano Domenicali has ruled out the possibility of introducing reverse starting grids for 2021, the possibility of holding sprint races on Saturdays is still open and Formula 1 could try such a format on three races this year.
The starting grid for the sprint race would be determined on the free practice results and the race would last about 100 kilometers, a third of the usual F1 race, and would be held on Saturday afternoon instead of qualifying.
The results of the sprint race would decide the starting order for Sunday’s race, and in order to avoid tactics, eight drivers would score points, about half of the usual points (e.g. 12-9-7-6-5-4-3-2), reports the BBC.
If the F1 Commission, made up of all F1 teams, engine manufacturers, FIA, Pirelli and promoters, approves the introduction of sprint races for 2021, they should be held on three F1 weekends this year in Canada, Brazil and Monza.
Because of the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic races in Canada and Brazil are questionable, Monza would be the only race to try out the new format in the event of a positive voting outcome unless reserve sprint races are also voted as a backup plan.
Due to the higher costs of such a weekend format, F1 plans to increase payments to teams for those weekends by about $ 75,000.