Formula One teams back plans for drastic shake-up by agreeing to replace Saturday qualifying with a SPRINT RACE to determine the grid for the grand prix

Formula One teams voted through in principle the biggest overhaul of the sport in living memory by agreeing to a sprint race taking place on Saturdays, which would count towards the world championship. The idea is that the shorter race would replace qualifying to determine the grid for the grand prix on Sunday. The sprint result, in turn, would determine the starting order for the grand prix. If finally agreed, the new format will be trialled at this season’s Canadian, Italian and Brazilian grands prix. It is proposed that the shorter race would be a third as long as the grand prix. As it stands, points would be awarded to the top eight finishers in the sprint race.

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