Formula One to trial staging sprint qualifying races at three rounds during the 2021 World Championship to replace qualifying for Sunday’s grands prix

Formula One has approved sprint qualifying races at three grands prix during the 2021 World Championship. Two of the shorter races on Saturdays, which will replace qualifying and determine the grid for Sunday’s grand prix, are likely to be hosted by Silverstone and Monza. FIA president Jean Todt said: ‘I am pleased to see that Formula One is seeking new ways to engage with its fans and enlarge the spectacle of a race weekend through the concept of sprint qualifying. The first place will receive three points, second place two points and third place one point. Stefano Domenicali, president and chief executive of Formula One, said: ‘We are excited by this new opportunity that will bring our fans an even more engaging race weekend in 2021.

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