Silverstone have confirmed the British Grand Prix will used to debut F1’s new “sprint qualifying” format.
The venue will host the new 3 stage qualifying format over the weekend of the British Grand Prix, which is due to be held in July.
The new sprint qualifying format’s adoption was ratified by the FIA earlier this week. It will see Saturday qualifying replaced by a short race at a third of the distance of a usual Grand Prix race, with the results from that used to set the grid for the main Grand Prix event and points awarded to the top 3. Qualifying for the sprint qualifying event will take place on Friday after a single practice session.
Silverstone had long been rumoured to be one of 3 venues being considered to host this format in place of the usual qualifying structure. It is reported that the Italian and Brazilian Grand Prix events later in 2021 will be used for the other 2 races that will trial the sprint qualifying format to decide the race order.
Stuart Pringle, Managing Director of Silverstone, said, “We are incredibly excited that Silverstone fans will be the first to experience the Formula 1 sprint qualifying format at this year’s British Grand Prix.
“We have not seen such a major timetable shake up in the sport for years and I appreciate the continued efforts being made by Formula 1 and the FIA to enhance the entertainment on track giving our spectators even more to look forward to this July.
“The Friday and Saturday crowds at Silverstone are arguably the largest on the F1 calendar and, following the live events drought of 2020, this year will be no exception. Given we have very nearly sold out of tickets for Sunday, Saturday now represents a great opportunity for fans to see a Formula 1 race at Silverstone this summer.”