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Formula 1 freshens up race weekends with sprint qualifying

The cars line up on the grid at the start of the 2019 British Grand Prix at Silverstone (by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Formula 1 is set to replace its traditional qualifying session with a sprint race at three grands prix this season, in an effort to refresh the race weekend and provide more meaningful action.

The concept was first agreed by the motor-racing championship’s teams back in February, with an extensive consultation and review process then undertaken. This has led to an agreement between the 10 teams, Formula 1 and the International Automobile Federation (FIA) to trial the concept, subject to final clearance from the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council.

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