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Full sprinting is like the F1 era with refueling

The Ferrari driver revealed that starting the short test in Silverstone With a lighter fuel load and therefore a more agile car, it reminded him of the days of refueling in F1, when drivers could refuel between pit stops.

Leclerc qualified fourth and then held his position throughout the sprint, helped by the fact that Fernando Alonso placed fifth and initially slowed the McLarens from Lando Norris Y Daniel Ricciardo. Therefore, Sunday’s Grand Prix starts from fourth position.

“It’s a big, big difference,” Leclerc said when asked about Motorsport.com on the lower weight at the start.

“It’s very nice. I prefer to drive in those conditions, it makes me think a bit about refueling, because it feels very good and I think that for racing the tires are also in a much better window and it makes us push a lot more.”

“Pushing hard for 17 laps is not something we’re used to, unfortunately, so it feels good to be pushing for 17 laps.”

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Leclerc’s thoughts were echoed by the winner of the Silverstone sprint race, Max Verstappen.

“I think what was good at the beginning was, of course, that you start with less fuel in this race,” said the Red Bull driver.

“So naturally the cars are faster and that’s what you like and the car is a little more alive. So that was fun compared to a heavy car that is slow at the beginning, so I enjoyed that part for sure.” .

Leclerc also appreciated the fact that Fridays have become a challenge, with a single practice session followed by qualifying.

“Honestly, I loved it,” said the Monegasque rider. “I really like this format for now because in some races for sure there won’t be much action in the sprint race, but at least it makes it exciting for every day.”

“I usually get very bored in the car on Friday, yesterday it seemed a bit more exciting and there was a bit more to gain to push straight from the pits in FP1 to get ready for qualifying.”

“The sprint race is great, you can push for 17 laps in a row, but what I enjoy the most is the change on Friday, having qualifying on Friday makes it much more exciting for us drivers.”

On Thursday, Leclerc suggested that the new schedule could work in Ferrari’s favor, as the Italian team typically arrives at a track with a near-optimal set-up that requires little change.

“Yes exactly, we are always quite good. In fact yesterday from free practice to qualifying I didn’t even change the car, the car felt good and that’s why I said ‘I hope we take advantage of it’, and I think we did it this weekend “.

Asked how often the sprint format will be used in 2022, he said: “I don’t know, I think it is still quite early to make a decision, because we have only done one and we have not even done the main race tomorrow, although that won’t change my opinion. “

“But we have to wait at other circuits whether it makes sense to increase the number or not. So let’s wait and see.”

Gallery: Saturday’s best F1 photos at Silverstone

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Race start Sprint, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

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Race start Sprint, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Race start Sprint, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Race start Sprint, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Race start Sprint, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

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Race start Sprint, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Race start Sprint, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

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Race start Sprint, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Race start Sprint, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

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Lando Norris, McLaren

Lando Norris, McLaren

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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin

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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

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El Safety Car

El Safety Car

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB16B, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21, Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21

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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21

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Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21

Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B

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Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02

Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT02

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Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

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Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B

Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B

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Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21, George Russell, Williams FW43B, Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21, George Russell, Williams FW43B, Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02

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Top three places in the Sprint race: third place Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, First place Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, and second place Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

Top three places in the Sprint race: third place Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, First place Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, and second place Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12

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Sprint race second place, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Sprint race second place, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

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The truck of the victory lap of the Sprint race travels the circuit

The truck of the victory lap of the Sprint race travels the circuit

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Second place in the Sprint race, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Second place in the Sprint race, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, pit board

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, pit board

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, pit board

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, pit board

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Sprint race first-place fists Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing and second-place Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Sprint race first-place fists Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing and second-place Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

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