F1's sprint race, which has been piloted since 2021, was originally a "program" added to stimulate popularity during the epidemic and enrich the content of the race weekend. In previous years, the schedule of sprint races was advanced to Friday qualifying The ranking in the race determines the qualifying for Saturday's sprint race, and the ranking in the sprint race determines the qualifying for Sunday's final.
However, this year it was changed to a Friday qualifying session where the rankings will determine the Sunday finals. The original Saturday free practice became a sprint qualifying session, and the rankings will determine the rankings for the sprint race later on the same day. This means that the sprint race will be completely decoupled from the official race. , turned into an independent "race within a race" with its own "qualifying race" and "finals" all day long on Saturday. In other words, there is a small race and a big race on the weekend, and it can even be said to be a sprint. The game is a warm-up match before the finals.
However, the current defending champion Max Verstappen believes that the sprint race has actually lowered expectations for the race for both drivers and fans. After winning the sprint race of this issue of the US Grand Prix, he said: "After qualifying on Friday, I was a little bit disappointed. I’m not excited about the sprint race. I think one qualifying race per weekend is enough. Everyone gives their best in this race, which feels good. But after I got the pole position in the sprint qualifying race this morning, I felt It’s Saturday anyway, so we can’t get too many points.”
He also believed that the sprint race "spoiled" the final: "After we completed the sprint race, everyone could roughly estimate the speed of all the cars in tomorrow's final, which lowered everyone's expectations for the final. If there is no sprint race, there will be only one thing left before the final." If you run a qualifying race, no one will have any idea of the racing (long-distance) speed of a car, so they will naturally want to watch the finals.”
But Lewis Hamilton believes that Verstappen's statement is just because he has too many points and is hungry: "For us drivers who are chasing from behind, sprint races are fun. I like to have more opportunities to get off the field and finish in a short time." It’s about maxing out the car’s capabilities over a long distance; of course, the format can be improved, but I think people are looking forward to it, and I personally like the sprint race, especially after only one free practice session on Friday and then qualifying.”
So how can we improve it better? Since the sprint race is for entertainment, it is better to maximize its entertainment: for example, the sprint race does not need to run its own qualifying race, but uses the rankings of Friday’s qualifying to start in reverse order, that is, the faster the qualifying race Drivers with more points will be ranked further back, so that there will be endless overtaking shots. Drivers with more points will not take it seriously just because of their advantages. Drivers with less points will also have more scoring opportunities. In the official finals Just start in the correct order according to the qualifying ranking.
But unlike mid-level and low-level formulas, F1 has always been very cold about reverse qualifying. The big teams believe that this will increase the risk of accidents and act as a punishment for fast drivers. This is where F1 gets stuck every time the competition system is reformed. ─In the end, it is still a question of the conflict between the interests of the big teams and the excitement of the race; if the sprint race is purely positioned as an entertainment show, then why not do it? After all, a large part of the sustainability of professional sports comes from entertainment!
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This post was last modified on October 27, 2023 3:24 pm
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