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How long is the f1 sprint race?

The Sprint, as F1 has named it, will result in a race of roughly 30 minutes (17 laps of Silverstone, for example) with the aim of providing wheel-to-wheel thrills on Saturday and a mixed grid on Sunday. ESPNWhat to expect from F1's new sprint qualifying format at the British GP

Who won the f1 race today?

Red Bull's Max Verstappen has won the inaugural F1 Sprint at the iconic Silverstone circuit, earning himself three points and pole position for Sunday's British Grand Prix, as he triumphed over the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. formula1.comF1 Sprint report from the 2021 British Grand Prix: Verstappen beats Hamilton in thrilling F1 Sprint at Silverstone to claim pole position for Sunday's Grand Prix | Formula 1®

Sprint qualifying 'too random' for Toto Wolff's liking | Planet F1

PlanetF1 18 July, 2021 - 01:01am

Date published: July 17 2021

The German team had enjoyed an excellent qualifying session at the British Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton going fastest of anyone, beating Max Verstappen by just under a tenth of a second.

Usually, that would result in the Briton starting on pole position for the main race but with sprint qualifying being introduced at Silverstone, that was not the case.

Instead, he started in P1 for the Saturday ‘race’ and unable to ensure he would do the same on Sunday as Verstappen got ahead of him at the start and ultimately won sprint qualifying.

Wolff feels that is not right and is annoyed by it – but looking at his team’s pace, he is still feeling optimistic.

“Well, first of all, pole shouldn’t be the race, but I would have said it the other way around yesterday,” he told Sky F1.

“When you lose the race starting from pole, that’s annoying.

“We have pace, that’s the good news. If Lewis runs in front it would be the same kind of race, so we just need to take it on the chin and do it well tomorrow.

“We’ve changed a little bit how we approach it. We had a good half first lap, and I think with DRS we can overtake.

“It’s just today when you can really push flat-out, which he did, it is very difficult to come close, but in the race you need to manage a little bit more.”

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Better news for Wolff and co was the fact the other Red Bull, of Sergio Perez, will be starting the main race from the back of the grid after going off while running in P6.

However, the Austrian feels that is somewhat unfair on the Mexican and thinks that because of such results, sprint qualifying should not take place every race weekend.

“Overall it is a good add-on. I don’t see it at every race. I think there is too much randomness,” he added.

“If you see Checo [Sergio Perez] spinning out and then retiring, last is not the place Sergio Perez should be and therefore, for him, it could work really against you if you are one of the front runners.

“There is too much randomness, but if the next few ones go like this one it has a place in the calendar in a limited form.”

Marko: "In qualifying it didn't work so well, in the race hopefully it will".

GPblog 16 July, 2021 - 04:22pm

This is in contrast to the first free practice, where Verstappen didn't seem to be bothered by anything. According to Marko, this is due to the lower temperature of the asphalt, combined with a change in the set-up that the team made. "That didn't have such a positive effect in qualifying, but should have in the race," he explained.

Yet Mercedes was also stronger than expected. "We lose surprisingly a lot on the straights," says Marko, who nevertheless has high hopes for the rest of the weekend. "Hamilton is only a few hundredths ahead, which is a good result for us."

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