F1 plans for huge weekend shake-up by trialling shorter ‘sprint races’ to replace qualifying THIS season… with half points handed out to the top eight in proposals to be voted on by teams and sport chiefs on Thursday

Formula One is planning for one of its biggest ever weekend overhauls by binning the traditional fastest lap qualifying format and replacing it with a sprint race at certain races. The order for the race on the Saturday would be determined by a qualifying session held on Friday, which would replace the day’s second practice session. Sprint races as an idea are not new to the sport but previous guises which saw it in the form of reverse grid races appear to have been dropped for good. We are looking at what could be the approach of the so-called sprint race on Saturday. While it is yet to be seen if teams will accept the new proposals, F1 has been long looking for ways to enhance its appeal beyond race day and qualifying.

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