What will the short race be like this Saturday at Monza?

Formula 1 comes to the temple to the temple of speed. And, this weekend, the new format that F1 has incorporated this season returns. Silverstone was, last July, the first circuit that hosted, for the first time in the history of the World Championship, two races in the same grand prix weekend. The ‘short’, on Saturday, called sprint classification, and the conventional, on Sunday, completing the 300 kilometers of rigor and distributing the usual points.

Two months later, the format is repeated this weekend at the Italian Grand Prix. Monza will therefore be the second time that we see two races in two days this 2021. The planning will be as follows: Friday, free training one hour (2:30 p.m. CET) and a classification which will feature Q1, Q2 and Q3, as always, which will set up the grid on Saturday (18:00 CET). That day, second workout (12:00 hours CET) and short run (4:30 pm) which, in turn, sets up the Sunday grid. And the official race, at 3:00 p.m.

For Saturday’s test, the newest, 100 kilometers will be completed (a third of the grand prix distance), a full half hour and no obligation to stop to change tires. Three points will be awarded to the winner, two for the second classified and one for the third, but there will be no podium ceremony since the winner will have the rank of ‘poleman’, and nothing else, because F1 does not want to detract from the traditional race. The final classification will move to Sunday’s grid. The cars will enter the parc fermé regime from Friday’s qualifying and will be released for the second free practice, but they cannot be modified thereafter.

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It is the first time since 2006 the format has been altered to set up the grill. The sprint classification will therefore be a Liberty Media experiment, which intends to consolidate it in the future in some selected grand prizes. The next time we see him will be in Interlagos, although perhaps some details will be polished by then through requests made by the protagonists during the usual drivers’ briefing with Michael Masi, race director.

The pilots applaud the measure, because generates uncertainty and will multiply emotions by two weekend, although some privately acknowledge that there is a risk: if the same rider achieves pole on Friday, wins on Saturday and does it again on Sunday, the three sessions can become repetitive.

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