In summary: Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has presented a new schedule for the F1 sprint race weekend.
Steiner suggested revising the weekend of the sprint race
Following Formula 1’s decision to increase the number of sprint races from three to six next year, Steiner has proposed changes to how the weekend is structured. Friday’s qualifying session now sets the grid for Saturday’s sprint race, which in turn determines the starting order of the Grand Prix.
“What I want more than anything is to qualify for the race on Friday and qualify for the main race on Saturday morning, because the free practice at the moment is not good for anyone,” said Steiner. “Then you have the race on Saturday afternoon, followed by the main event on Sunday.”
Steiner believes the new format, which has been used six times since its launch last year, is an overall improvement.
“This year in Austria we scored points in both the sprint and the main race so I definitely like that,” said the Haas team principal.
“It’s like any other race but it’s shorter and has eight drivers instead of 10 points. Qualifying on Friday makes the whole race weekend interesting so I’m in favor of an extra race.”
McLaren will move the Formula E team to Bicester
McLaren’s new Formula E team, alongside the rest of the brand’s operations, will no longer be based out of the McLaren Technology Center in Woking, but rather from a unit at the heritage site in Bicester.
The former RAF base has become the base of a number of motorsport companies in recent years, using small buildings and hangars that have been in use since the Second World War.
McLaren will compete in FE for the first time next year as the series introduces its new ‘Gen3’ car design.
“It’s an exciting time for the team and the sport,” said McLaren FE Team Managing Director Ian James.
“We are embarking on a new chapter as part of the McLaren Racing family. Based in the unique heritage site of Bicester, we have the advantage of being surrounded by people who are as passionate about motorsport as we are.
Mark Blundell to compete in British F4
Canato Le, a protégé of former McLaren Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell, will compete in British Formula 4 for Hitech GP next year.
Japanese teenager 2022 He raced in the Ginette Junior Championship, where Lando Norris began his auto racing career, and won two races. In karting, he won the 2021 IAME Euro Series and finished second in the IAME Winter Cup for the X30 Junior Kart.
He recently tested with a number of teams in F4, including the British and UAE F4 series in 2023, before deciding to sign with Hitech for a campaign that begins on the support bill for this month’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Advertisement | Become a RaceFans fan and
Happy birthday to George, Adrian Hancox and Christopher Lima!
This day in motorsport
Born today in 1973: future McLaren and Lotus team leader Eric Boullier