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What is F1 Sprint qualifying? The new qualifying format that will be used at British Grand Prix

F1 Sprint is finally here with the new race format set to dazzle spectators and excite the masses across three weekends this season.

This weekend’s Grand Prix will take place at Silverstone in Northamptonshire, which will see the very first edition of F1 Sprint come to life.

Lewis Hamilton will race in the first edition of F1 Sprint

Your favourite stars from Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen will be taking part in the new feature race.

So what exactly is it?

What is F1 Sprint?

F1 Sprint will be part of the race schedule this weekend at Silverstone.

Essentially, F1 Sprint is a mini race which will be run over 100km on Saturday evening, with the usual Grand Prix distance.

F1 Sprint is designed to be a flat-out race from start to finish, and is set to excite the 140,000 fans in attendance.

The first edition will take place from 4.30pm UK time on Saturday, July 17.

Taking part will be the 20 drivers who qualified on Friday evening and their starting positions will be determined by their qualifying finishes.

Wherever you finish in F1 Sprint will then determine where you begin the British Grand Prix on Sunday.

Should you win F1 Sprint, you will start in pole position on Sunday, but should you finish in eighth position, you will start in eighth for the main race.

F1 Sprint will take place on Saturday, July 17

The 100km distance means that the race will be 17 laps around the nearly 4-mile Silverstone track.

F1 Sprint is expected to last around 25-30 minutes, with its fast and exciting nature expected to appeal to viewers and reel in new fans.

Whoever finishes first in F1 Sprint will receive three points, second place will get two points and third place will receive just one.