New Sprint Racing Format, F1 Game Release, and More Mid-Season F1 News

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This week holds many new updates and surprises from Formula One such as a new Sprint racing format, the release of the anticipated F1 2021 simulation game, the publication of The Hamilton Commission, and an expected full crowd at Silverstone—Mercedes’ home turf. Most exciting, fans will get the first look at the 2022 F1 car on Thursday, during the show Formula One Begins, streaming on

How the New Sprint Format Works

The Sprint Qualifying is a race run over 100km and lasting around 25-30 minutes, designed to provide a short and fast-paced racing spectacle with drivers racing from start to finish without stopping. The sprint will decide the starting grid for the Grand Prix in place of traditional qualifying, and there are points available to the top three finishers with the winner receiving a trophy.

Here’s the rundown for this weekend:

  • Friday: Practice 1 and Qualifying (sets the grid for Sprint Qualifying)
  • Saturday: Practice 2 and Sprint Qualifying (sets the grid for Sunday Grand Prix)
  • Sunday: Grand Prix

This is the first of three planned trial events this year and will feature consecutive days of wheel-to-wheel fighting on track. The next Sprint is set for the race in Monza, Italy September 10. 

To learn more about the new Sprint Qualifying, check out this video from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team.

The Hamilton Commission Report

Sir Lewis Hamilton’s diversity and inclusion report, “Accelerating Change: Improving Representation of Black People in UK Motorsport,” was released this week with critical acclaim. As the only Black driver in the history of Formula One, Hamilton has faced discrimination throughout his motorsport career, as he notes in the Guardian.

Hamilton states, “Through this report, I feel that we have a clearer understanding of what is preventing the motorsport industry from being truly representative. I believe our ten recommendations will be the first step in addressing them and bringing long-overdue change to the sport.”

Hamilton is a Seven-Time World Champion, holding the highest number of wins, poles, and podium finishes in Formula One. According to Hamilton, “Our Commission, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering, has worked hard to understand the barriers facing Black students at every step of their educational journey, and developed clear recommendations with tangible steps that we hope will encourage more of the Black community to pursue a career in STEM.”

To learn more about how TIBCO is supporting diversity and inclusion in STEM education, check out this blog post and learn more about the #TIBCO4Good initiatives.

New Formula One Racing Game

Also launching this weekend is the updated 2021 Formula One racing game by Codemasters. It features a new story mode called “Braking Point” where you play as two competing rookie racers across a fictional 2020 and 2021 season.

After its debut in F1 2020, MyTeam returns, allowing you to create and manage the 11th team on the grid. Besides MyTeam, the regular career mode has been updated to allow players to start out in Formula 2 before playing F1. Another new aspect is a two-player career, which lets you team up with a friend online either as teammates or rivals. F1 2021 will be released on Playstation, Xbox, and PC on July 16.

To see TIBCO’s simulator working with the 2020 F1 game, check out this demo video, which details how various TIBCO tools are used to capture the telemetry data generated by the game, build a machine learning model, and add insights into a driver’s performance—all in real time.

What to Expect from Silverstone 

According to the official Formula One News, “This weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone is set to be a truly historic race.” If you’re in the U.S., you’ll even have the chance to be woken up by an F1 driver before the cup, so don’t sleep in! The new sprint format is set to unfold in front of a capacity crowd at Silverstone—a full 140,000 people on race day, the first full race track since the start of the pandemic.

According to the official Formula One News, “This weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone is set to be a truly historic race.” Click To Tweet

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