During the event "Gazzetta Motori Days", organized by La Gazzetta dello Sport, the CEO of Liberty Media Stefano Domenicali participated as a guest and stated that the top figures of the sport are thinking of bonus points for the drivers, which will be introduced with the new format of the Sprint Race on Saturday.
During this 2021 season, the "Sprint Race" will come into force, a new format that will modify the race weekends, for the moment only for three Grands Prix. It will debut in mid-July at Silverstone, to eventually become mandatory for the 2022 season.
Monza and Interlagos are the other two seasonal events that will see this new approach drastically change the Formula 1 weekends. The official denomination will be "Qualifying Sprint", to leave the concept of the race linked only to the one on Sunday.
This new format consists of a real race of 100 kilometers, pretty much the same distance that the cars cover during free practice, which not only will define the starting grid of the Grand Prix, but will also assign a score.
“We don't want to sit on the laurels of a format that could turn from classic to old," Domenicali said.
"It's an experiment that should make Fridays more interesting than Saturdays and Sundays, with free practice on the first day preparatory to a short race that will be held on Saturday."
"A different Formula 1, that offers more content for the television and that allows the organizers to spread interest over several days. For the drivers we are thinking of bonus points for those who hit the Grand Slam, that is pole, victory in the Sprint Race and victory of the Grand Prix."
"If successful, it could become the permanent way to run the most historic and iconic Grand Prix on the F1 calendar,″ he concluded.