“As long as it doesn’t interrupt the true, natural racing of Formula 1” – Lando Norris likes the idea of sprint races this season but wants Formula 1 to remain the same.
Formula 1 is going to trial sprint races this season, with Canada, Italy, and Brazil as expected venues. The format, to be held on Saturday, will award points to the top eight drivers. The distance is expected to be one-third of the main race held on Sundays. Lando Norris, speaking to Radio BBC 5, spoke about the pros and cons of sprint races in Formula 1.
“It’ll be interesting to do something maybe a little bit different, as long as it doesn’t interrupt the true, natural racing of Formula 1. And that it doesn’t give people unnecessary advantages.
“And it does give people who are not in deserved positions are suddenly able to score points, or people get benefits from it or disadvantages from it. So as long as it’s thought out well, which I’m sure it will be, then I guess it is welcomed.”
— Lando Norris (@LandoNorris) February 16, 2021
Lando Norris advocates for same-old Formula 1
Norris, despite the pros, wants the sport to remain as it is. This essentially means the practice sessions, then the qualifying, followed by the grand final race on Sunday. It remains to be seen if the F1 Commission goes for the pros or cons or sprint races. As of now, the former looks likelier.
“Trying it and trialing it to know if it’s a good thing is always very welcome, but I like how Formula 1 is now. I like the way it’s set out, I like the build-up going into Sunday, the qualifying – it’s just the history, it’s how Formula 1 is, and I think it has a lot of heritage like that. So I hope it doesn’t change too much, but I don’t mind if they try something every now and then.”