F1 Sprint debuts as Silverstone welcomes back the fans

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F1 Sprint debuts as Silverstone welcomes back the fans

There will be a maximum 29 points up for grabs this weekend at the British Grand Prix in new format

Alan Baldwin

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen both won at Silverstone last year but an experimental new race format poses a fresh challenge for Formula One’s title rivals on their return to the British Grand Prix circuit this weekend.

The biggest sporting crowd in Britain since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, 140,000 being expected on Sunday, will see Formula One history made with the debut on Saturday of The Sprint — a qualifying race without pit stops.

Silverstone, where the championship started in 1950, is the first of three tracks that will trial a 100km half-hour long dash to decide pole position and set the grid for the next day’s main event...

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