Charles Leclerc thinks Formula 1 should do ‘something different’ for the sprint qualifying. The Ferrari driver does enjoy qualifying on Friday in the sprint format, but the sprint qualifying itself could be a bit better, according to him: “I didn’t enjoy it in Monza.”
At Monza, the sprint qualification was experimented for the second time this season. The sprint format should attract a younger crowd by qualifying directly on Friday, followed by a 100-kilometer sprint race on Saturday, which then determines the starting order for Sunday’s race. The sprint format has received some mixed reactions from drivers, with most of them being enthusiastic about Friday’s qualifying, but the sprint qualifying itself leaves something to be desired. So is Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc.
“I quite like this format for Friday,” says Leclerc. “Friday is definitely something positive. Normally I’m a bit bored on Friday, because then you only have the two free practice sessions. You have nothing to gain and nothing to lose. You do some more laps and that’s always good, but you have a lot of opportunities to recover something. Now the first free practice is a session in which you have to push and push the limit. It’s good for us as drivers to get out on track and push right away. It’s also more interesting for the show, so personally I’m a fan of this format for Friday.”
Although he likes Friday, Leclerc also thinks that Formula 1 should look at alternatives for sprint qualifying. That did not produce too much spectacle, something that Formula 1 had hoped for. “I didn’t really enjoy it in Monza,” says Leclerc. “I have the feeling that there is still some room to try something different for the sprint qualifying. Quite a few ideas have already been put forward. I think we are all on the same page and think we should do something different for the sprint qualifying,” said the Monegask.