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British GP: F1 drivers on Sprint ‘unknown’ and ‘high risk’ new format ahead of Silverstone debut
July 16, 2021
New-look schedule sees qualifying happen on Friday at 6pm earlier than F1 Dash debut on Saturday at 4.30pm, with showpiece British GP on Sunday at 3pm; Watch the entire Silverstone weekend all reside on Sky Sports activities F1
By Matt Morlidge
Final Up to date: 16/07/21 10:36am
The Sky Sports activities F1 crew clarify what and when to look at reside with us from Silverstone on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the British GP
Formulation 1’s stars are relishing taking over the Silverstone “unknown” this weekend because the British GP debuts an all-new format, with drivers describing the distinctive two-race schedule as “thrilling” and “excessive threat”.
Anticipation has been constructing within the paddock this weekend forward of the maiden F1 Dash, which is reworking the standard format.
All reside on Sky Sports activities F1, qualifying takes place on Friday night time at 6pm, earlier than a brief 17-lap race on Saturday at 4.30pm to set the grid for Sunday’s showpiece British GP at 3pm.
It is a must-watch weekend and it additionally presents fairly the problem for the 20 drivers, who provided their ideas on the brand new format forward of its maiden F1 voyage.
Lewis Hamilton: We would have liked to attempt one thing new
“I am enthusiastic about it. I have been complaining in regards to the format for a very long time, the one we’ve got, as a result of it has been the identical 4 days for years.
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“I like that they are attempting one thing new, hopefully no matter we uncover this weekend, we could be extra dynamic in these different races transferring forwards, and make the game extra thrilling transferring forwards.”
Fernando Alonso: Dash can be ‘excessive threat’
“In Dash Qualifying, there’s a excessive threat in that race. As a result of any issues you’ll have, any contact or no matter, we’ve got an implication on the Sunday race for those who begin on the very again.
“So we have to threat, sure, take each alternative and make some locations, however on the similar time with an even bigger margin than the race on Sunday.”
George Russell: Prepared for alternatives
“It is undoubtedly going to be fascinating. I believe it is all a little bit of an unknown for everyone, however we’re in a very good place.
“I believe there can be a whole lot of midfield drivers taking a little bit of warning in that [Sprint] race as a result of they’ll simply wish to end and be in a very good place for Sunday’s race.
“For us who’re simply form of preventing within the P12 to P15 vary, it most likely provides a chance to go barely extra on the assault and reap the benefits of these drivers who’re simply attempting to safe a wise place for Sunday. There’s at all times alternatives and we have got to be those to take advantage of it.”
Sebastian Vettel: One thing new could be thrilling…
“It’ll be a bit bizarre, no? You need to be straight on it proper from the beginning so it must be thrilling. It is one thing new, and one thing new could be thrilling. We’ll see the way it seems, plenty of unknowns however let’s give it a go. I believe the secret’s you end the race, in any other case you begin final for Sunday.
… however ‘pole’ should not be awarded to Dash winner
“Pole is the quickest lap time achieved, or the quickest lap time in qualifying. It will get all a bit complicated.
“However clearly it relies upon. If this can be a one-off, then it would not do a lot hurt.
“However, if we find yourself having 10 dash races subsequent yr or sooner or later, then I believe it is only a bit bizarre. Pole place ought to go to the man who goes quickest in a single lap.”
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Daniel Ricciardo: Be cautious or take dangers?
“If you happen to begin on the entrance then you definately could be somewhat, I do not wish to say cautious, however you could not take as many pointless dangers, whereas for those who’re a bit additional again you see it as an ample alternative to achieve some positions at the beginning.
“My begins have been good this yr so I am embracing having an opportunity to have two race begins this weekend and go from there.
“I am excited, I believe it is good we’re experimenting and attempting to enhance the game. Whether or not it is nice now, it does not imply it might probably’t be nice sooner or later.”
Charles Leclerc: Understanding the automobile right away key
“Follow can be essential, I believe it is going to be very busy however very, essential to attempt to perceive the automobile, attempt to do the lap setup work earlier than qualifying after which that is it, you get to stick with that automobile for the remainder of the weekend.
“So it is essential to arrange your automobile for the weekend. It is one in all our strengths, although, we’re excellent at making ready the automobile so hopefully we are able to reap the benefits of that and have a very good weekend.”