Sprint Race Format Won't Change

A1 Grand Prix creator Sheikh Maktoum has no plans to change the racing format of the new series despite criticism that Brands Hatch's sprint race was boring

Sprint Race Format Won't Change

In last weekend's 18-lap sprint race, the order of the top 15 didn't change after the cars had completed the first lap.

Many drivers said they would not risk making a passing move because the finishing order from the sprint race determined where they would start the cash-earning feature race. That race drew widespread praise for being an entertaining encounter, with Team Brazil's Nelson Piquet Jr passing Team Australia's Will Power around the outside of Surtees corner for the lead.

Maktoum has promised to stick with the current format for the foreseeable future, saying that drivers and teams were being cautious in the sprint race at Brands Hatch because it was the maiden race.

"This is the first race and the teams were being conservative," Maktoum said. "Let's wait and see how it pans out. The teams are still figuring out their strategies.

"With regards to spicing it up, I'll get some chilli. Nothing in life is perfect, but we'll stick to the same format.

"It has been very positive and encouraging and in the feature race I was glued to the TV screen just like everybody else. And truly I was quite, quite pleased with it. It was nerve-wracking, adrenaline-filled, testosterone driven action and that's what it is all about. All the guys were pumped up and it is a moment in history."

shares
comments
Las Vegas Road Race Considered

Previous article

Las Vegas Road Race Considered

Next article

Officials: Work Continues at Ansan

Officials: Work Continues at Ansan
Load comments

About this article

Series General
Author Tim Redmayne
The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan Plus

The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan

Having had the door to F1 slammed in his face and come within three laps of winning the Indianapolis 500, the collapse of a Peugeot LMP1 shot meant Japan was Bertrand Baguette's last chance of a career. But it's one which he has grasped with both hands

General
Feb 27, 2021
The female all-rounder who arrived "too early" Plus

The female all-rounder who arrived "too early"

From Formula 3 to truck racing, Dakar and EuroNASCAR via a winning stint in the DTM, there's not much Ellen Lohr hasn't seen in a stellar racing career that highlights the merit in being a generalist. But she believes her career came too early...

General
Feb 17, 2021
How Radical's latest machines fare on track Plus

How Radical's latest machines fare on track

The lightweight sportscar manufacturer has not rewritten the rulebook with its latest machines, but the new SR3 XX and SR10 still provide a step forward on its previous successful models

General
Feb 8, 2021
The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction Plus

The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction

The forthcoming Netflix film linking the world of underworld crime and motorsport plays on a theme that isn't exactly new. Over the years, several shady figures have attempted to make it in racing before their dubious dealings caught up with them

General
Jan 31, 2021
How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory Plus

How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory

The New Zealand Grand Prix's mix of rising talent and big-name stars thrilled the crowds (yes, remember crowds?) assembled for the Toyota Racing Series meeting at Hampton Downs last weekend and left distant observers craving a repeat

General
Jan 26, 2021
How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going Plus

How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going

OPINION: The 67th edition of the Macau Grand Prix might have been a largely muted affair to the outside world without its international influx and star line-ups, another victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organisers deserve huge credit for keeping the party going

General
Nov 24, 2020
Engineer's view: Motorsport's revolutionary braking tool Plus

Engineer's view: Motorsport's revolutionary braking tool

Although brake pressure and temperature logging is commonplace, measuring and understanding braking performance hasn't been so straightforward. But that's about to change following the introduction of a groundbreaking new sensor

General
Oct 1, 2020
The high-tech materials helping Renault in its F1 rise Plus

The high-tech materials helping Renault in its F1 rise

The Renault F1 team is at the vanguard of innovative solutions pushing development of the V6 turbo hybrid engine rules, embracing the full potential of material science in its bid to get back to the top

General
Sep 29, 2020