Sprint Race discussions planned for Bahrain GP weekend

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BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, BAHRAIN - NOVEMBER 29: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance, leads Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16 during the Bahrain GP at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday November 29, 2020 in Sakhir, Bahrain. (Photo by Andy Hone / LAT Images)

The concept of a sprint race on the Saturday of a race weekend is now focused on Brazil, UK and Italy as the likely races to feature this new element but there are still issues to resolve and much of those are centered on…yep, money. For good reason though.

Running a Formula 1 car costs thousands and thousands of dollars and if you were to have an incident or someone damaged your front wing, then the cost goes way up! According to a report over at Autosport, teams are looking for compensation for running on sprint race on Saturday and cover actual and potential costs incurred.

According to the report, it is suggested that teams are looking for as much as $1 million in compensation and they also want that amount added to the new cost cap limit as well.

On the surface of it, you might consider that adding the amount to the cost cap limit might make sense but smaller teams are concerned that this will be used to increase performance by the large teams instead of simply covering the cost of the sprint races.

Talks are set to occur this weekend in Bahrain and if enough consensus is gained among F1 and the teams, a vote could be held in a matter of days to approve the sprint races for 2021.

Also, a small number of points will be part of the sprint race too, with three for the winner, two for second place and one for third.

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