The first Formula One Sprint Race is due to take place for the first time at the British Grand Prix, and it seems the jury is out on whether or not the new addition to some race weekends is welcome.
Over the past few months, team bosses and drivers have given their split opinions on the feature, with Lewis Hamilton being the latest to air his thoughts on the matter.
It seems the British world champion foresees the sprint being dull and likely turning into a train.
When asked if he was looking forward to its debut, Hamilton simply said, “not particularly.
“It’s going to be a train, probably.
“Hopefully there’ll be some overtaking, but it most likely won’t be too exciting.”
Mercedes Team Principal, Toto Wolff, gave his thoughts on it months back when discussions began, and he too was on the fence with it – but said it needs to be experimented with.
“It always needs to be balanced with the true DNA of the sport”, he said.
“Sprint races are an interesting format and an experiment that I believe we need to do.
“In some championships, the audience has almost doubled with action on Saturday and Sunday.
“If we were to do this without some interference to create a fake show it has merit to try. We would be up for it.”