Lance Stroll says Formula 1 could introduce sprint races, but they would not fix the “fundamental” issues in the series.
Plans have been revealed to hold 100km ‘super qualifying‘ sprint races on selected race weekends across the 2021 season, which would replace the regular qualifying format and generate the grid for Sunday’s main grand prix.
Teams though are yet to see any set of regulations to put details to the idea.
The concept has the support of large parts of the grid, but both Aston Martin drivers are not convinced. Sebastian Vettel has already said the plan “doesn’t make sense”, and his team-mate Stroll is in agreement.
The Canadian racer feels that in pushing for sprint races, Formula 1 is failing to address the “fundamental” issues that it has.
“There’s bigger fundamental issues that the sport has to address,” he is quoted by Racingnews365.com.
“It’s not just the sprint race. It’s making the grid more competitive, it’s, getting all the team’s closer together, giving us an opportunity, aerodynamically to race wheel to wheel which at the moment, we can’t do, because we lose so much aerodynamic load behind the car.
“So I think there’s some technical issues that we’ve got to be thinking of, which is more bigger picture stuff than just sprint races.”
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Haas team principal Guenther Steiner is open to trying sprint races, but warned Formula 1 not to be stubborn if they do not work out as hoped.
“I don’t think there’s a lot to be gained, I want to see how the fans react to it, that we are not putting too much show on. I don’t know that so I’m very open to try it, I have no issue with that,” he is quoted by RaceFans.net.
“But I have also no issue if it doesn’t work to say, ‘no, we shouldn’t be doing this’. If we find out it doesn’t add anything, we shouldn’t be afraid to say ‘no’ and nobody loses any credibility, in my opinion. That’s how we should think of it.
“There is a few small things which need to be sorted out in the regulations but hopefully we can get them all ironed out and we do some of this so at least we know and we’re not keeping on talking about it.
“We put to the test. If the test works, fantastic. If it doesn’t work, we turn the page and try the next thing.”
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