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The biggest headache F1 faces over its sprint race experiments

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The news this week that F1 has green-lit 'sprint qualifying' races that will determine the grid for three grands prix in 2021 was met with a blend of excitement and scepticism. But before those in both camps can be vilified, F1 must first work out what its criteria is for success - and what will justify making them a more permanent fixture

Formula 1 sprint races are go. Following the unanimous vote at the F1 Commission earlier this week, this year's British Grand Prix will witness one of the biggest shake-ups in the weekend format we've seen for decades. No longer will the driver starting on pole position on Sunday be the one who delivered the fastest lap of the weekend so far. Now, a short 100km race will give us the final grid for the main event.

The change that will be trialled at three events this year (starting at Silverstone) has left some rubbing their hands in glee, but for others it is viewed with great scepticism.

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