During the weekend in Monza the second Sprint Qualifying in Formula One history took place, with great acclaim from the decision-making board of the sport, but less from the general public and media. Stefano Domenicali – president and CEO of Formula 1 – rejoiced at “the best numbers ever in streaming” for the 2021 Italian short race, declaring himself happy because things are “proceeding in the right direction”. The manager from Imola has the clear goal of extending the innovative format to other world events and thus making the three-day race even more exciting for fans watching at the television and for those who are finally back at the racetracks.
And undoubtedly the interview granted by the Formula 1 CEO to Bild Sport contains some very interesting and in its own way revolutionary information, precisely with regard to the F1 Sprint format. “This year we have three sprint races, in addition to Silverstone and Monza, we will also have Interlagos. The reactions, the tensions and the rhythm are excellent. We are currently rethinking the format, but I can imagine that we could have 7 sprint races over the course of the next championship” – Stefano Domenicali announced to the German press. But not only that, because the revision which will be discussed could be even more profound and would aim even higher: “We think – only one example – about a Grand Slam, an additional title like in tennis: who wins the Sprint title and the championship title is Grand Slam winner. Formula 1 needs change and must be interesting for the young audience” – the former Ferrari boss explained.
The leitmotif of these innovations is very clear and aims to bring the new generations closer to the sport: “Formula 1 needs changes and must become interesting for the younger public”, said Stefano Domenicali. In short, a 360 ° review of Formula 1 to enter the future as protagonists, involving young people. At the cost of burying the tradition of a sport that has its deepest roots in its history and in the stories of its heroes.