Silverstone opens the door to the future

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Some 80,000 fans, who tomorrow will be 140,000, roared yesterday in the Silverstone stands, with hardly any masks, to cheer on their idol Lewis Hamilton, in stark contrast to the silence that awaits us in a week at the Tokyo Olympics. It is the pandemic at various speeds. The seven-time world champion had just achieved pole in qualifying for today's short race, which cannot really be called pole, because that will be decided in the new competition that debuts this Saturday under the name F1 Sprint. It is a race with 17 laps, half an hour, 100 kilometers that will award few points, 3, 2 and 1, in addition to the starting order of the stellar Sunday. An experiment by Liberty to energize Formula 1, which will be repeated at Monza and Interlagos.

The premiere at Silverstone is highly symbolic, because this circuit hosted the first F1 race back in 1950. An unbeatable place to open the door of the future. And not only for the celebration of this sprint race, which we will see how it works and if it has continuity in the calendars. "It can be fun," says Carlos Sainz, although it will be less so for drivers who are relegated to rear positions by contacts. Also because the British circuit was chosen on Thursday to exhibit the life-size prototype of the 2022 car, whose novelties aim to match the single-seaters and open the range to the largest number of drivers. A change, by the way, in which Fernando Alonso has his hope of returning to the top. With these new regulations for cars, or with initiatives such as today's sprint, F1 is trying to find solutions to get the World Cup out of the widespread yawn that recent editions have meant under the dictatorship of Hamilton and Mercedes. This year, at least he has opposition from Max Verstappen. But it is not enough.



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