F1 confirms Monza as venue for second Sprint Qualifying trial

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F1 confirms Monza as venue for second Sprint Qualifying trial

Formula 1 has confirmed that Monza will host the sport's second Sprint Qualifying trial as part of this year's Italian Grand Prix.

The innovative format was tested for the very first time at Silverstone last weekend and was fairly well received by fans and competitors alike.

Monza was earmarked at the outset as one of the three tracks where Sprint Qualifying would be added to the weekend schedule, but the Italian Grand Prix promoter has confirmed the timetable for the fourteenth round of the 2021 F1 World Championship that will take place from 10-12 September.

Friday's first practice will begin at 1:30pm local time, while the one-hour qualifying session will kick off at 6pm. On Saturday, FP2 will take place from 12pm to 1pm, and the 18-lap Sprint Qualifying event will start at 4:30pm.

Initially, Interlagos was listed as a potential third venue to trial the new format, but F1 is holding out for now on confirming the third circuit that will host the final SQ trial.

Last weekend's 17-lap mad dash at Silverstone was a lively race, at least in the opening stages, in which Red Bull's Max Verstappen prevailed.

The main criticism regarding last weekend's format was F1's decision to officially award pole position to the winner of Sprint Qualifying, a choice that many believed was fundamentally wrong.

"I think that’s wrong," said Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel. "Pole is the fastest lap time achieved in qualifying, so it gets all a bit confusing.

"Pole position should go to the guy who is fastest on one lap. It’s a new discipline. They didn’t have it 50 years ago and now they have it. So you add a new column to the statistics."

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Ross Brawn, Formula 1's managing director of motorsport, hailed the weekend as a great success, and admitted to being open to – among other things - rethinking the pole position conundrum.

"It's maybe something we need to think about if there’s some change in the nomenclature of what we’re doing, and should Friday be the pole position?," he said.

"It’s things like that we’ll talk about and discuss with the FIA and teams. But we can’t be held back by history, we need to respect history but we must never be held back by history.

"I don’t want to go into detail but we have a job list, things we want to enhance. We will start to work through, we need to engage all the other partners."

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McLaren set to fight Ferrari in Hungary with upgrades

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McLaren set to fight Ferrari in Hungary with upgrades

McLaren will resume its battle with Ferrari at the top of F1's midfield next week armed with several upgrades for its Mercedes-powered MCL35M.

The Woking-based outfit currently sits third in F1's Constructors' championship with a 15-point advantage over the Scuderia.

However, the Italian outfit enjoyed a better haul of points at Silverstone than McLaren thanks in part to the step forward accomplished by Ferrari's SF21.

But McLaren, which aims to finish its 2021 campaign as F1's third best team, hasn't been standing still and will bring revisions to its car for next week's Hungarian Grand Prix.

"We are bringing some upgrades to Hungary for our car in order to make sure we keep this battle up," said McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl.

"It is great for us that we are in P3 in the constructors’ championship, and after 10 races, 163 points is again a big step forward for us compared to last year. So I am very happy for that."

  • Read also: McLaren says Ricciardo enjoyed 'big step forward' at Silverstone

Ahead of the start of 2021 season, F1's midfield battle was predicted to be wide open. But so far, the race for 'best of the rest' is developing into a McLaren-Ferrari showdown.

Seidl admitted to not being surprised by the Scuderia's resurgence this season.

"I am also not surprised by the steps they can make in a season, as it is a strong team with two strong drivers," said the German.

"They also have all of the resources that they need in order to react to problems. They have the team with the experience to react to the problems so it is not a surprise.

"It will be a very tough battle until the end of the season."

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