Hamilton unbelievable U-turn on radical Sprint plan

Hamilton U-turns on radical Sprint plan Changes to the Sprint weekend format are being discussed ahead of next season after a number of lacklustre events this term.
Lewis Hamilton has had his say.
Lewis Hamilton is open to reverse grids being used in Formula 1 Sprint races – despite previously voicing his rejection of the idea.
Tweaks are expected to be made to the Sprint weekend format for next season after the first year of the current format including a separate qualifying session known as the Sprint Shootout.
But a poor Sprint event in the United States led to calls for more excitement to be injected into the format, with a long suggested idea being that of reversed grids for the shorter races.
When the possibility of introducing a reverse grid for Grands Prix emerged in 2019, Hamilton scoffed at the idea, but due to his success in the 2021 Sao Paulo Sprint, where he started last before finishing fifth in the shorter race, the seven-time champion is ready to try the format – used in Formula 2 and Formula 3.
Hamilton open to idea of ​​Sprint “Saturday is not the day best, but I’d love to live practice once before qualifying,” Hamilton told media including RacingNews365.
“I think we can learn.
I like that we have a different format, instead of the same three practice sessions, then qualifying and the race.
“But the best sprint race I ever did was when I started last time (in Brazil 2021) and so I favor the reverse order, except if we had it everyone would try trying to qualify last!
“Maybe the Sprint race will also be a little longer since it’s 19 laps or something (24 laps for this weekend’s Sao Paulo event).

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