British GP: F1 drivers on Dash ‘unknown’ and ‘excessive danger’ new format forward of Silverstone debut


New-look schedule sees qualifying happen on Friday at 6pm earlier than F1 Dash debut on Saturday at 4.30pm, with showpiece British GP on Sunday at 3pm; Watch the entire Silverstone weekend all stay on Sky Sports activities F1

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The Sky Sports activities F1 workforce clarify what and when to observe stay with us from Silverstone on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the British GP

The Sky Sports activities F1 workforce clarify what and when to observe stay with us from Silverstone on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the British GP

Method 1’s stars are relishing taking up the Silverstone “unknown” this weekend because the British GP debuts an all-new format, with drivers describing the distinctive two-race schedule as “thrilling” and “excessive danger”.

Anticipation has been constructing within the paddock this weekend forward of the maiden F1 Dash, which is remodeling the same old format.

All stay on Sky Sports activities F1, qualifying takes place on Friday night time at 6pm, earlier than a brief 17-lap race on Saturday at 4.30pm to set the grid for Sunday’s showpiece British GP at 3pm.

It is a must-watch weekend and it additionally presents fairly the problem for the 20 drivers, who provided their ideas on the brand new format forward of its maiden F1 voyage.

Lewis Hamilton: We would have liked to attempt one thing new

“I am enthusiastic about it. I have been complaining concerning the format for a very long time, the one we have now, as a result of it has been the identical 4 days for years.

Despite trailing Max Verstappen by 32 points, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is relishing the battle against Red Bull this season

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Regardless of trailing Max Verstappen by 32 factors, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is relishing the battle in opposition to Purple Bull this season

Regardless of trailing Max Verstappen by 32 factors, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is relishing the battle in opposition to Purple Bull this season

“I like that they are making an attempt one thing new, hopefully no matter we uncover this weekend, we will be extra dynamic in these different races shifting forwards, and make the game extra thrilling shifting forwards.”

Fernando Alonso: Dash can be ‘excessive danger’

“In Dash Qualifying, there’s a excessive danger in that race. As a result of any issues you could have, any contact or no matter, we have now an implication on the Sunday race should you begin on the very again.

“So we have to danger, sure, take each alternative and make some locations, however on the identical time with an even bigger margin than the race on Sunday.”

George Russell: Prepared for alternatives

“It is positively going to be attention-grabbing. I believe it is all a little bit of an unknown for everyone, however we’re in a very good place.

“I believe there can be a whole lot of midfield drivers taking a little bit of warning in that [Sprint] race as a result of they’ll simply wish to end and be in a very good place for Sunday’s race.

“For us who’re simply type of combating within the P12 to P15 vary, it in all probability provides a chance to go barely extra on the assault and make the most of these drivers who’re simply making an attempt to safe a smart place for Sunday. There’s at all times alternatives and we have to be those to profit from it.”

Sebastian Vettel: One thing new will be thrilling…

“It’ll be a bit bizarre, no? You need to be straight on it proper from the beginning so it ought to be thrilling. It is one thing new, and one thing new will be thrilling. We’ll see the way it seems, a number of unknowns however let’s give it a go. I believe the hot button is you end the race, in any other case you begin final for Sunday.

… however ‘pole’ should not be awarded to Dash winner

“Pole is the quickest lap time achieved, or the quickest lap time in qualifying. It will get all a bit complicated.

“However clearly it relies upon. If this can be a one-off, then it would not do a lot hurt.

“However, if we find yourself having 10 dash races subsequent yr or sooner or later, then I believe it is only a bit bizarre. Pole place ought to go to the man who goes quickest in a single lap.”

Daniel Ricciardo and Lance Stroll demonstrated their best Scottish accents in the press conference ahead of the British GP

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Daniel Ricciardo and Lance Stroll demonstrated their finest Scottish accents within the press convention forward of the British GP

Daniel Ricciardo and Lance Stroll demonstrated their finest Scottish accents within the press convention forward of the British GP

Daniel Ricciardo: Be cautious or take dangers?

“Should you begin on the entrance you then may be somewhat, I do not wish to say cautious, however it’s possible you’ll not take as many pointless dangers, whereas should you’re a bit additional again you see it as an ample alternative to realize some positions at the beginning.

“My begins have been good this yr so I am embracing having an opportunity to have two race begins this weekend and go from there.

“I am excited, I believe it is good we’re experimenting and making an attempt to enhance the game. Whether or not it is nice now, it does not imply it will possibly’t be nice sooner or later.”

Charles Leclerc: Understanding the automobile right away key

“Apply can be essential, I believe it is going to be very busy however very, crucial to attempt to perceive the automobile, attempt to do the lap setup work earlier than qualifying after which that is it, you get to stick with that automobile for the remainder of the weekend.

“So it is crucial to arrange your automobile for the weekend. It is one in all our strengths, although, we’re excellent at making ready the automobile so hopefully we are able to make the most of that and have a very good weekend.”





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