Baku organisers keen to host future Sprint Qualifying sessions

2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Saturday - Wolfgang Wilhelm

Azerbaijan Grand Prix organisers would be keen to host Sprint Qualifying sessions in future, if the format is carried over into next season.

The format, which will see traditional qualifying shifted to Friday and a sprint race introduced on Saturday, will be trialled at three race weekends this year, starting with the British Grand Prix in July.

The results of Friday qualifying will set the grid for Sprint Qualifying, which in turn sets the starting order for Sunday’s Grand Prix.

If the new race weekend structure is deemed a success, it could be rolled out more extensively in future seasons.

“I know it’s been opposed by a few of the drivers, and they think it’s quite risky,” said Baku City Circuit executive director Arif Rahimov told “To be honest, I think any change would be kind of welcomed, and any experiments would be good.

“I’m kind of on the opposite side, thinking that experimenting with the race weekend format is a good thing in general, just to mix things around and make it more interesting for the spectators, make it a bit more unexpected.

“I’d really welcome something like this, if I was offered, if we had a choice to do it one way or another.

“I think any changes would be great for generally F1. There were so many different speculations about having the reverse grid like they do in F2, and now there is the sprint qualifying. I’m welcoming any of these changes.”