Liberty Media announced at the end of April the new qualifying format set to be tested at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix on July 16-18.
The new format will see drivers racing in 100 km race which will set up the grid for Sunday's action. Formula 1 shared today the official revised schedule for the event, as the weekend is now revolutionized with a free practice session on Friday morning, the usual qualifying session in the afternoon, another free practice session on Saturday morning and then the sprint race in the afternoon.
Formula 1 has today revealed the time of each session for the Silverstone GP:
Sprint Qualifying: 16:30-17:00
*all times local
The revised format sees a 60 minutes First Practice on Friday morning with two sets of tyres for teams to choose freely; the usual Quyalifying format in the afternoon with five sets available.
On Saturday drivers will get to chance to go on track for a second Free Practice session with just one set of tyres to choose freely, with Parc Fermè conditions. Then, in the afternoon, the audience will get the chance to see a 100km Sprint Qualifying session with two sets of tyres available to choose freely. The race will go flat-out from start to finish without the need of a pit-stop.
The Sprint Qualifying session has been voted and introduced to increase the action on track; the new format will last about 25-30 minutes and doesn't expect a podium ceremony. Instead, the "winner" will get a trophy in Parc Ferme, just like the Pole Man is today awarded with the Pirelli tyre trophy.
The finishing order of the Sprint Qualifying will determine the grid for Sunday's usual Grand Prix. Several drivers expressed their positive thoughts about the new format, which will be used in two other race weekends in 2021, the Italian Grand Prix and a third flyaway event yet to be announced.