Pérez becomes clear: “I think the sprint is just as boring for the fans as it is for us drivers. Basically, that doesn’t work at all. “
In order to create even more incentives for overtaking, more points could be awarded. “You can of course do that and give points to the first ten drivers,” Wolff is skeptical. “But you don’t want to give the winner 20 points either, because that would devalue the actual Grand Prix.”
Another idea is to run the sprint qualifying as an independent event. That means: Qualifying on Friday determines the starting grid for Saturday and Sunday. The sprint on Saturday would be an additional event for which there are points to be gained, but nothing to lose – because the starting grid for the Grand Prix remains unaffected.
Fernando Alonso has a different idea: Qualifying on Friday could again be run as an individual time trial. “Because if you have a lot of laps in qualifying, then the fastest cars are in front and the slowest are in the back – then there are no overtaking maneuvers in a sprint without strategic elements, too? In the individual time trial, mistakes or weather conditions would have a more pronounced effect, that would have its charm. “
ABMS found out which plan of improvement enjoys favorite status: Sprint qualifying is only to be run on racetracks where overtaking is easier: for example in Spa and Baku. The points should be distributed as follows: five for the winner, four for the second, three for the third.
Reversed starting grid rejected
Ferrari racing director Mattia Binotto even suggests reversing the grid for the sprint – so that the fastest cars are in the back and the slowest in the front. But the idea is rejected by the majority of the Formula 1 circus: too artificial, so the criticism.
Conclusion: It is unlikely that the Sprint in 2022 will take place again as it was in 2021. Changes to a standalone event or even the complete abolition are currently the most likely scenarios.