Mercedes F1 team representative Toto Wolff believes that no driver takes a “serious risk” in sprint qualifying and that the current sprint race format will bring little benefit to F1.
F1 tried the second sprint qualifying at the F1 Italian Grand Prix in Monza, but it was a procession race except for the first few corners, producing little entertainment for the fans.
Toto Wolff has little incentive other than scoring points in the top three, so most drivers are more likely to take a “serious risk” in a 30-minute sprint race and endanger the starting position in the final. I don’t think so.
“First of all, everyone is confused,” says Toto Wolff.
“I don’t think the current sprint race format has much benefit because no one takes a serious risk.”
“Too few points are awarded and it’s not worth the risk of compromising the Sunday Grand Prix, where points are awarded to everyone up to 10th place.”
“What we’ve seen is that the combination of straight spords being very similar and not taking any risk even on Turn 1 and Turn 2 made it difficult to overtake.”
Toto Wolff says he wasn’t sure if the sprint qualification should be held in 2022, but F1 was right to try those ideas.
“I’ll try again in Brazil. Let’s see if anything changes,” said Toto Wolff.
“But it’s a worthwhile experiment, and for me this is my personal opinion, or the opinion of my engineer here, but neither fish nor meat.”
“I think the sprint race was worth a try. I don’t know if it will continue.”
F1 Managing Director Ross Brawn has offered the idea of turning Saturday afternoon’s race into a stand-alone event that offers points but has nothing to do with the results on Sunday’s grid.
Lando Norris of McLaren believes that separating the two races could actually improve Saturday’s show.
“Apart from the actual Sunday race, removing the fear of a crash could probably take you a little more risk. In fact, if you don’t affect Sunday, you can at least shake things a little more. There is sex, “said Lando Norris.
“But I don’t think it was the most exciting race for the fans given that we’re in Monza and it’s a bit more race track. That’s the overall point of why we’re doing it. I think”