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Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton is a skeptic ahead of the first-ever sprint race; Gasly keeps an ‘open mind.’

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JULY 04: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 04, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

British Grand Prix will be the first of three events that will host a sprint race during the 2021 Formula 1 season. F1 introduced sprint races for British, Italian, and Brazillian GP’s. However, sprint races were already introduced in lower-rank Formula competitions. Seven-time F1 champion, Lewis Hamilton, isn’t exceptionally excited for the event.

The sprint race will take place on Saturday. Qualifying, which is normally scheduled for Saturday, has been moved to Friday. To make things simpler, only two Free Practices will be hosted during British GP instead of two.

Lewis Hamilton, one of the most experienced drivers on the grid, isn’t a huge supporter of this new weekend format. Hamilton is currently second in the Driver’s Championship with more than 30 points of deficit behind Max Verstappen.

“Not particularly,” Hamilton said when asked about his excitement for sprint races.

It’s going to be a train, probably. Hopefully there’ll be some overtaking, but it most likely won’t be too exciting. I don’t really have an opinion about it. We’ll wait and see. There’s no point judging it before we even get into it. It doesn’t matter.”

Lewis Hamilton on sprint races

Gasly is open-minded, but also supports the old GP format

Pierre Gasly is another driver who waged his opinion sprint races. The Frenchman understands that it’s an attempt to make the sport even more exciting. Formula 1 always looks for new ways to improve the overall quality of its product but has also proven to abandon its ideas when proven ineffective.

“I think it’s fair to wait all three weekends, and if there are any positives from it and people like it, then why not keep it in the future?

But I think we have to review after all three weekends. What does it bring? Does it really make it more exciting? Because I think that’s the whole point of it. If it does, then why not? But if it doesn’t, then it’s important to keep the format we have, which I think is good.

I enjoy the qualifying on Saturday and having only one single race during the weekend.”

Pierre Gasly on sprint races

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