Verstappen Unimpressed by New Sprint Format: Finds It Lacking Excitement

The new season introduces a modified sprint format with altered session sequences, receiving mixed reactions from drivers like Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly, who acknowledge its benefits despite preferring the traditional format.


‣ The new season introduces a change in the sprint format, with a revised sequence of sessions including free practice and the sprint shootout on Friday, followed by the sprint race and qualifying for the Grand Prix on Saturday, and the Grand Prix itself on Sunday.

‣ Max Verstappen expresses a preference for the traditional race weekend format over the revised sprint weekends, despite acknowledging some positive aspects of the new format, such as the ability to change the car setup throughout the weekend.

‣ Pierre Gasly supports Verstappen’s view on the new sprint format, highlighting the benefit for engineers who can now have a more significant impact on car performance throughout the weekend due to the ability to make changes after FP1.

Oh boy, the new season’s knocking on our doors. And guess what? The rules? Pretty much the same old, same old. But, hold your horses, there’s a twist in the tale with the sprint format.

So, here’s the scoop: China’s gonna kick off with a bang. We’re talking a rejigged schedule that’s a tad different from last year. Picture this: Friday’s now got free practice, then bam, straight into the sprint shootout.

And then, Saturday rolls around. It’s a bit of a late start, but we dive into the sprint race, followed by the all-important qualifying for the Grand Prix. Sunday? Well, that’s Grand Prix day, folks. The big show.

Now, onto Max Verstappen. The guy’s not exactly a fan of these sprint weekends. Nope. He’s all about the classic vibe—three free practices, a qualifying session, and the Grand Prix to top it off. And he’s sticking to his guns, made that clear in Bahrain.

But wait, there’s a silver lining for Verstappen

“I mean, it’s a better setup for the weekend, I guess,” Verstappen muses. “Doesn’t exactly make me jump for joy, but hey, it’s something.” He appreciates the flexibility, the chance to tweak the car across the weekend. Adds a bit of logic to the madness, according to him.

And then there’s Pierre Gasly, nodding along with his ex-teammate. “I’m on board with the new format,” chimes in the Alpine speedster. He’s all about giving the brainiacs, the engineers, more room to play. Last year? Once FP1 wrapped up, hands were tied. No more tweaks. “But now,” Gasly grins, “our smart folks can really dive in, keep pushing the car’s limits all weekend long.”

So, there you have it. A bit of the old, a dash of the new, and plenty of opinions to go around. Here’s to a season that’s anything but predictable.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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