F1 boss Stefano Domenicali returned in an interview with the German daily Bild on the sprint races set up this season on three Grands Prix. The Italian leader says he wants to create something close to the Grand Slam in tennis.
Former director of Scuderia Ferrari for six years, Stefano Domenicali took charge of Formula 1. Since January 1, the Italian has replaced Chase Carey as CEO of the commercial rights holder of the discipline and has decided to continue the modernization work started by his predecessor. Before the revolution resulting from the 2022 technical regulation, Formula 1 has decided to experiment with adding sprint races in three Grands Prix, with Silverstone leading the way ahead of Monza last weekend when Interlagos is set to host the final test. A race contested on Saturday over the distance of 100 kilometers which establishes the starting grid of the Grand Prix, always contested on Sunday. On the occasion of an interview with the German daily image, Stefano Domenicali spoke about this new weekend format.
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Domenicali for a « Grand Slam » of F1
For the Italian leader, “ F1 needs change and must be interesting for young audiences But he also admits that this format of sprint races cannot be systematized from next season. “The management is the right one,” says Stefano Domenicali. For 2022, we are aiming for a calendar of 23 races, with a third that would have this format to increase the unpredictability. « For the former boss of the Maranello team, this would be an opportunity to put a new trophy into play with the idea of getting closer to the Grand Slam in tennis in order to reward » the driver who wins the sprint title « . However, with the criticisms emitted after the Italian Grand Prix, a balance sheet will be made at the end of the Brazilian Grand Prix to decide on the maintenance of the format in 2022. Also returning to the growing tension between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, Stefano Domenicali ensures not to worry about it despite the spectacular clash between the two rivals for the title last weekend at Monza.