This year we have three sprint races in Formula 1 as a test. A next year should come if it is up to Formula 1. The team bosses received the first proposal on Saturday morning for the locations where a sprint race will be held next year if it is up to the F1 bosses.
The Grand Prix of the Netherlands is one of the six locations, so has RacingNews365 developed, with Bahrain, Imola, Canada, Austria and Brazil. The plan has not yet been voted on and will only be in Abu Dhabi before the World Motorsport Council, the highest body of the FIA, can approve it at their last meeting of the year a week later.
Grand Prix organization Netherlands enthusiastic
Jan Lammers, sporty of the Dutch Grand Prix, told in conversation with RacingNews365 that he was enthusiastic about the possibility of a sprint race.
“Those are things that are being discussed with the FOM. It’s not too early to say now. What is decided, is decided. I would really like it before the weekend.”
“Something extra on Saturday and a completely different dynamic on Friday. The first training session on Friday morning is then super important. I like that about the sprint races, every session adds a little extra toe. Saturday too,” says Lammers.
Furthermore, the plan, which is not yet final, states that the top ten drivers will receive points. That’s up to the top three, as was the case this year. Furthermore, the teams want extra budget to be able to absorb crashes during sprint races. It would be about $500,000 per race.
In addition to the official pole position, it can also be viewed on Friday who is fastest during qualifying, and not who wins the sprint race on Saturday. More information about the news will probably be announced soon.