F1 Dash: Ross Brawn, pundits and drivers ship verdicts on new format at British Grand Prix





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Karun Chandhok was joined by Fernando Alonso on the SkyPad to analyse his electrical begin, racing by way of the sphere within the opening laps of the F1 Dash to go from eleventh to fifth

Karun Chandhok was joined by Fernando Alonso on the SkyPad to analyse his electrical begin, racing by way of the sphere within the opening laps of the F1 Dash to go from eleventh to fifth

Jenson Button believes F1’s Dash format has proved an instantaneous success, whereas Ross Brawn says the game can also be happy with early outcomes and now would analyse the element of the weekend.

With aggressive monitor motion on all three days of the Silverstone weekend as a part of a debut for the trial format, Friday qualifying was adopted by a 17-lap dash on Saturday gained by Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen.

The Grand Prix, the weekend’s foremost occasion, now follows on Sunday at 3pm.

Sky F1’s Button, a veteran of 306 grands prix, mentioned: “Beloved it. I believe having one thing on a Friday to get everybody into it earlier than the weekend is superior.

“For the followers, for the drivers, that adrenaline rush you by no means get on a Friday. Fridays you get to drive the automotive however you do not get that buzz.

“The dash at the moment was simply action-packed. We had been anxious it was going to be a procession, the exact opposite.”

Fellow pundits Martin Brundle and Karun Chandhok tweeted:

Brawn: It was pure racing

The trial idea can be used at two additional occasions this season earlier than a verdict on whether or not it is going to be continued and rolled out to additional occasions is made for 2022.

Ross Brawn, F1’s managing director of motorsport, mentioned he was “fairly happy” with how the primary two days of the bumper occasion had gone.

“We have now acquired to do the ultimate section of the weekend however I believe significantly once we take a look at the entire weekend [so far] – nice day yesterday, improbable day; actually sturdy, entertaining and interesting occasion at the moment,” he mentioned in Ted’s Pocket book.

After losing the lead to Max Verstappen on the first corner due to wheel spin, Lewis Hamilton gave his thoughts on finishing second at Silverstone's Sprint Race

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After dropping the result in Max Verstappen on the primary nook as a consequence of wheel spin, Lewis Hamilton gave his ideas on ending second at Silverstone’s Dash Race

After dropping the result in Max Verstappen on the primary nook as a consequence of wheel spin, Lewis Hamilton gave his ideas on ending second at Silverstone’s Dash Race

“The followers cherished it. I used to be on the sting of my seat, we noticed some nice performances at the moment and the factor I appreciated about at the moment it is pure racing. There is not any technique, there is not any pit stops, there’s nothing else.

“A contact [of tyre saving] however the guys had been simply on the market pure racing.”

F1 had made clear earlier than this weekend they’d tweak the format the place they noticed obligatory or pull it fully if it didn’t work in any respect.

“No main issues however lots of issues we have to take away from this weekend and take into consideration with, time, and see if we are able to fine-tune them. However I am actually happy with the general idea,” added Brawn.

McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo welcomed the prospect of more Sprint weekends after finishing sixth at Silverstone

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McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo welcomed the prospect of extra Dash weekends after ending sixth at Silverstone

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo welcomed the prospect of extra Dash weekends after ending sixth at Silverstone

What did the drivers say?

Lewis Hamilton: “I believe it has been nice to strive one thing new if I am actually trustworthy. I do not assume the race was significantly thrilling after the primary lap from myself. We should always simply do an extended Saturday and lengthy Sunday. P1, P2, Qualfiying on Saturday after which a Dash race and a race on Sunday. Pack all of it in!”

Daniel Ricciardo: “My favorite day of race week is Sunday and that is as a result of it is a race. I like the beginning, the depth of all of it and wheel-to-wheel racing. With this format we type of get to do this twice in a weekend, so for me it is a win. I prefer it.”

Max Verstappen: “It was totally different. I loved driving on decrease gas in a race setting as a result of the automotive comes extra alive and it is lots higher to drive. Only a bit bizarre then to listen to you’ve got pole place since you are racing after which you’ve got pole place. Perhaps we’ve acquired to get used to it, I do not know, however that was possibly the bizarre factor about it.”

Sebastian Vettel: “I’ve loved this uncommon weekend format up to now. It was fascinating to have the extraordinary second yesterday night adopted by the Dash at the moment, which might go both method.”

Fernando Alonso: “I did take pleasure in it as a result of we had three days of motion. Usually the free observe are very helpful for the groups and drivers however not for the spectators as a result of they only see the vehicles passing round [the track]. Yesterday that they had qualifying, at the moment that they had this race and tomorrow they’ve the principle race. So it is a good format.”

Max Verstappen blasted past Lewis Hamilton at the start and won the inaugural F1 Sprint, securing pole position for Sunday's British GP

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Max Verstappen blasted previous Lewis Hamilton at first and gained the inaugural F1 Dash, securing pole place for Sunday’s British GP

Max Verstappen blasted previous Lewis Hamilton at first and gained the inaugural F1 Dash, securing pole place for Sunday’s British GP

Verstappen: ‘Pole’ should not go to dash winner | Brawn says F1 will take a look at considerations

Arguably the only bone of competition amongst drivers and followers in regards to the new format centres on the actual fact this weekend’s pole place for the historical past books is awarded to the driving force who gained the dash moderately than the one who was quickest in qualifying.

By profitable on Saturday to safe the main place on the grid for Sunday, Verstappen is credited with an eighth profession pole, whereas Hamilton stays on 100 regardless of being the quickest driver on Friday.

“I believe pole place ought to be deserved over one quick lap,” admitted Verstappen. “That for me is a correct pole place.”

There are nuances within the debate, nonetheless.

Pole place displays the bodily place the main driver takes up on the Sunday grid and, even in a normal-format weekend, a driver can nonetheless high a qualifying session however not be credited with pole owing to penalties or issues earlier than the race which drop them down the order or out of the race.

However Brawn recognised the considerations of those that raised the difficulty.

“I believe in all probability once we check out this entire weekend we’ve acquired to see how we are able to maintain the respect for that as a result of quite a few followers have mentioned pole place, the historical past of pole place, we have to assume how that performs out,” he mentioned.

Though Hamilton has now misplaced the benefit of his qualifying efficiency heading into Sunday’s race, the place he’ll begin in second behind Verstappen, Brawn argued the dash format truly means the Mercedes driver now has an opportunity to make amends for his poor getaway from the lights within the dash that he in any other case wouldn’t have carried out.

Ted Kravitz brings his Notebook to the British GP, as he looks back at the first Sprint Race of the season and ahead to Sunday's race

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Ted Kravitz brings his Pocket book to the British GP, as he appears again on the first Dash Race of the season and forward to Sunday’s race

Ted Kravitz brings his Pocket book to the British GP, as he appears again on the first Dash Race of the season and forward to Sunday’s race

“Somebody mentioned to me ‘effectively that is a bit unfair as a result of Lewis was on pole and now he will not be on pole tomorrow’, however with Lewis on pole going into that race we might have been overwhelmed by Max with that begin,” he mentioned.

“So Lewis would not have gained the race from pole tomorrow, in the event you see what I imply. Now he is acquired one other likelihood. He is acquired one other likelihood to see what he must do to beat Max tomorrow. He can see Max’s strengths he can see what Max goes to do, the group have now acquired a chance to consider how they will beat him as a result of they know in the event that they let him get away at first they will not be him.

“So there’s all these further nuances which have come out of the occasion which I am actually happy about.”





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