Report: Teams nearing agreement on sprint qualifying

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The 10 Formula 1 teams are nearing agreement on the proposed sprint qualifying format, according to RaceFans.

The initial idea was approved by the F1 Commission last month and has been discussed in recent weeks by a working group tasked with finessing the format.

RaceFans report that the format, which looks set to involve qualifying being moved to Friday with a Saturday sprint race then determining the grid for the Sunday Grand Prix, will be discussed by team bosses on Saturday evening before it is brought to a vote within the next few days.

If approved, the new format will be run at a limited number of race weekends, with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone considered as a likely candidate.

Points look set to be awarded to the top finishers in sprint qualifying, although there will not be a podium ceremony, with that reserved for the Grand Prix in a bid to avoid the value of the main event becoming diluted.

Pierre Gasly revealed on Friday that the idea had been discussed by the drivers, although he said they did not want to “go public” on their thoughts just yet.

According to RaceFans, the name sprint qualifying is preferred to sprint race to differentiate the event from the Sunday Grand Prix.