McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo says he is “less scared” of a sprint race format, as opposed to a reverse grid race.
McLaren, along with a vast majority of their fellow constructors, voiced their scepticism surrounding the proposed introduction of reverse grid races.
Namely due to the fact there was the potential for increased damage risk to the cars. Along with teams ‘tanking’ during qualifying in order to secure a grid position closer to the front of the pack.
So, with Formula 1 still looking at spicing things up over a race weekend, the next likely option fell to sprint races.
And, while all this still remains in the exploratory phase, it is gaining more traction amongst the teams.
If the sprint format does get the green light, we are likely to see a small sample of events at select grand prix throughout the year. Prior to the determination as to whether it should be made into a permanent fixture.
Although initially apprehensive, new McLaren import, Daniel Ricciardo, is remaining open-minded surrounding the idea of sprint races.
“At first, I was a little apprehensive. But I do feel better at the thought of that, certainly, than a reverse grid,” Ricciardo said. “So I think, ultimately, if the best guys and the best teams are still coming out on top, and it’s kind of not manipulated or artificial, so to speak, then I’m less scared of it.
“Competition is obviously what I love most, so I would love to do more races and less practice or whatever. So it kind of does go towards probably what I want.
“But I think the biggest thing is I want an F1 win to still feel as big as what it should be. I don’t ever want an F1 win to feel diluted, or just somewhat lower than what it should.
“So if they do bring in another race on the weekend, as long as it kind of carries the same value, then I guess I’m certainly more open-minded towards that.”