Sprint qualifying format needs more excitement – Sainz

Sainz thinks F1's new format trial was worthwhile since it provides teams a limited amount of time to prepare their vehicles with a single practice session before qualifying. 

"Friday is definitely better for everyone; it's development," he added. "I believe [first practice] is thrilling because you know you can't make a mistake and you have to learn." 

"With the number of simulation tools available nowadays, it requires the teams to be contemporary, up to date, and on top of the simulations in order to put together a strong vehicle on Friday." As you can see here in Monza and Silverstone, teams nowadays have enough resources to make it happen."

Yet Sainz believes there is still potential for progress following Saturday's disappointing sprint qualifying race. "We need to find a way to make Saturday a little more interesting because I don't believe it's giving much excitement right now compared to Saturday qualifying," he added. 

"I don't think sprint qualifying will be more interesting than Saturday qualifying." So we have to figure out how to create something more fascinating for everyone." 

Hamilton’s crash escape “not lucky”


According to an engineer at Cranfield University, where the head protection gear was created, the success of the Halo which protected Lewis Hamilton in his Monza collision should be ascribed to engineering rather than chance.

Clive Temple, the Motorsport MSc program director and senior lecturer at Cranfield University's Advanced Vehicle Engineering Centre, said:

"Hamilton was not fortunate — engineering and science underlie all of this effort, ensuring that drivers are safe." In motorsport, the first issue is safety." 

He went on to say, "The Halo is incredibly robust and is integral to other safety-critical parts within the automobile." “Hamilton seeing Verstappen's vehicle land on top of him is probably about the same as a London double decker bus landing on top of him. 

"A modern double decker weighs about 12 tonnes and the present Halo is intended to resist 100 kilonewtons — 10.2 tonnes." The race car weighs 10.2 tonnes, which is the equivalent of two African elephants falling on it. This is an extremely robust construction."