F1 tracks not tyres key to more exciting sprints, says Pirelli

Discussions have already begun among teams and F1 bosses regarding potential adjustments to sprints for 2024, prompted by concerns that the current format is not meeting fan expectations.

Various options are being considered, such as the introduction of reverse grids, a dedicated sprint championship, monetary prizes, and revisions to the weekend schedule to rearrange sessions.

There are also suggestions to enhance strategic variance in tire choices, following the successful and exciting race in Qatar this year. However, Pirelli believes that modifying the sprint race itself is unnecessary.

Simone Berra, Pirelli’s chief engineer, emphasizes the importance of selecting tracks that provide ample overtaking opportunities to ensure entertaining sprints, rather than altering the race’s distance.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing leads at the start

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing leads at the start

According to Berra, the reason Qatar was so remarkable was due to the high level of degradation, which significantly impacted tire choices and ultimately resulted in an exciting race.

He explained, “The layout of the circuit is really important to select proper circuits for a good spectacle.”

Berra believes that engineering circumstances to create marginal tire choices for every race would be challenging, as it is crucial to find a suitable balance between tire management and pushing for better racing.

He added, “It’s always a combination where you select the track, you select the compounds, and some teams are able to extract better performance than others.”

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