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Sprint qualifying ‘not a race,’ says FIA’s Todt

FIA president Jean Todt says the sprint qualifying format being tried out in Formula 1 this year is not a race, and he’s not a fan of the concept but is willing to allow it to be tested. The new format — consisting of a normal qualifying on Friday, a sprint on Saturday and the race on Sunday — will be run at three events this season, with the first taking place at Silverstone next month. While Todt (pictured at right, above, with Mercedes' Toto Wolff) doesn’t feel like it is a necessary addition to the race weekend, he says the fact that it won’t have a negative impact on the championship makes it worth trying. “We don’t call that a race — I have a part of...
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