With two out of the three experimental Sprint Qualifying weekends now completed, Scuderia Ferrari Spanish driver Carlos Sainz feels that Formula 1 should do something more in order to improve the track action on Saturday afternoon.
Formula 1 debuted the new Sprint format conceput at the British Grand Prix two weeks ago, with a new and interesting timetable featuring the first practice session and qualifying on Friday, followed by the second practice session and a Sprint race on Saturday, while the main attraction, the Grand Prix itself, remain scheduled for Sunday as usual.
Inevitably, there were mixed feelings regarding the Sprint Qualifying weekend: Red Bull Racing Mexican Sergio Perez did not like the trial, stating it was boring for fans and drivers alike, while Formula 1 Motorsport Director Ross Brawn feels it provided a different complexion to the weekend.
Carlos Sainz shares his thoughts on the topic, explaining that while Friday has improved with qualifying now taking place in the evening, changes are needed in order to make Saturday more exciting.
“I think Friday is clearly improved for everyone,” – Scuderia Ferrari Spanish driver Carlos Sainz explained at the end of the 2021 Italian Grand Prix at Monza – “I think the first free practice session is exciting because you know you need to learn. Also for the teams, with the amount of simulation tools there are nowadays, it forces the teams to be modern, up to date and to be on top of the simulations to try and put together a good car already on Friday. Teams nowadays have enough tools to make that happen, as you saw at Monza and Silverstone. We need to find a way to make Saturday a bit more exciting. I don’t see the Sprint being more exciting than Saturday qualifying, so we need to find a way to make it better for everyone.” – the Ferrari driver concluded.