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F1 sprint race plans stall over crash damage bill

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Formula 1 management still has issues to resolve before a new sprint qualifying format can be accepted for selected grand prix weekends this season, according to Haas team boss Guenther Steiner.

The sport had hoped to get everything related to the sprint race format sorted before Sunday’s start of the season in Bahrain but is set for more talks over the next three days.

Steiner told reporters during a video call on Thursday: “There are a few details to be ironed out but I think we’re in a fast-moving world and we just need to adapt to it to stay current.


“I think we have got enough information now that should help more, which I think it will, that we can get ready. I don’t see a big issue,” he said, adding he assumed F1 would make it happen.

Multiple media sources have reported that teams were divided over the level of financial compensation for potential extra costs due to crash damage.

Steiner said starting a season without knowing the full timetable was something teams had already got used to as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the calendar completely rewritten last year, “We are still in this, I call it the pandemic times

“We are now used to a little bit of uncertainty but at some stage, we will get back that we knew exactly what we do before we start a season, but I think we can live with it,” added the Haas F1 team principal.

The experiment looks likely to award championship points for the top three on Saturday, as well as the usual points from Sunday’s race, at three of the 23 planned grands prix.

The 100km Saturday sprint would effectively serve as qualifying for Sunday’s main event, with Friday’s second practice used to set the next day’s grid.

F1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali has said one of the sprint races would be at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in July. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)