Why it's too early to call F1's sprint race a success
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Why it's too early to call F1's sprint race a success

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OPINION: While the architects of Formula 1’s experimental ‘Sprint’ concept have declared victory, Stuart Codling says that at best it’s a qualified success – and considerably more data is required before enshrining it as a fixture in grand prix weekends

Call it what you like (after all, even the people who came up with the idea can’t seem to get its name right every time), but Sprint Qualifying – officially ‘the F1 Sprint’ – could become a fixture of Formula 1 weekends if further trials prove successful.

Indeed, based on its first outing at Silverstone, the auguries are that it will be declared the greatest innovation since the disc brake regardless of whether it’s any good or not; F1’s website presented a gloriously Pravda-esque compilation of team and driver quotes after the event in which you would struggle to find a crumb of ambivalence, let alone negativity.

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