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Haas boss Guenther Steiner suggests major F1 rule change to have two qualifying sessions – Express

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Haas boss Guenther Steiner is in favour of sprint races in F1 as they bring an ‘interesting’ dimension to the sport, but has suggested tweaks to the format that would improve race weekends. The final sprint race of the 2022 season will take place at the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend, with F1 set to expand from three to six sprints in next year’s calendar.
Sprint qualifying is still in its infancy after being introduced during the 2021 campaign, and has received mixed reviews across the paddock. Steiner is firmly in the camp of supporting them, but the Haas Team Principal has an idea that could provide more entertainment for F1 fans on race weekends. 
The current schedule for sprint weekends includes a single Friday practice session before the standard hour-long qualifying which dictates the grid for Saturday’s sprint race. Results of the sprint race then decide the grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix. 
This means that Saturday’s second practice session is rendered futile because teams can not make any changes to their cars after Friday’s qualifying. Therefore, Steiner has proposed a change that includes two qualifying sessions to avoid a moot session on Saturday.
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Haas boss Guenther Steiner
“I’m in favour of more sprints as it makes the overall race weekend interesting by having qualifying on Friday,” Steiner said. “What I’d like even more is having qualifying for the sprint on Friday and qualifying for the main race on Saturday morning, as the free practice currently isn’t very meaningful for anyone.
“Then on Saturday afternoon you have the sprint, followed by the main event on Sunday.” He added: “It’s a race like any other but it’s shorter and with eight drivers rather than 10 scoring points. I’m in favour of more sprints as it makes the overall race weekend interesting by having qualifying on Friday.”
However, world champion Max Verstappen opposes the sprints and strongly believes that Sunday is race day. The Red Bull driver prefers the traditional race format and thinks the risk of damage on the Saturday sprint makes drivers overly cautious before Sunday’s race.
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Verstappen is not a fan of sprint races
“Every time I do these [sprint] races, it’s about ‘don’t get damage, make sure you stay in the top three,’” Verstappen said. “For me, that’s not really a race, because you go into the main race and you know there are way more points available anyway, you just risk a bit more there.
“You do another start, which is exciting, but it’s only really people who are out of position that move forward because only you put a tyre on that just lasts a whole stint and not much happens.
“I don’t understand what the problem is for that, because we’ve had so many exciting races, so you don’t need to add one-third of a race distance.
“Everyone is so careful anyway, because if you are fighting for third and you have a little touch and you drop to last, you know your Sunday is going to be tough. Probably you won’t risk it, so that’s not really a race.”
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