Formula One is going ahead with the plan for the sprint race for the Saturday Qualifiers. Following that Red Bull boss, Christian Horner also showed his interest in the event.
All teams in the tournament got a major hit from the newly imposed cost cap system this season. Therefore, the inclusion of three more races in the season can affect this budget, as most teams have already hit the limit of the budget.
Red Bull is also suffering from this budget cap and said they would need some financial aid to continue with the plan for the three sprint races this season.
Horner reported regarding the sprint races, “To suddenly have a variable like this is something that just needs to be accommodated. We’re keen to support it but there needs to be an accommodation.”
Christian Horner on the sprint races in the 2021 season
F1 has been planning for a long time to bring sprint races to the sport, but they only finalized to host three races this season as a trial to see the future of this event in this motorsport. These races will host a 100 km race instead of the standard 305 km event.
Christian Horner and other team principals agreed to the event but only on the condition of an increment in the cost cap. The F1 authorities agreed to increase the tight budget by $500,000 dollars for the three sprints and also an additional allowance will be provided for any accident during the race.
Silverstone Circuit will host the first sprint race of the season prior to the British Grand Prix. Further, a qualifying race for the Saturday sprint will be held on Friday instead of the practice session.
At the moment Christian Horner is working with his drivers and engineers to win the upcoming race at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari on Sunday, April 18.
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