FIA race director Michael Masi feels the debut of sprint qualifying at the British Grand Prix was a success.

The much-debated new format was put into action for the first time at Silverstone, seeing traditional qualifying moved forward to Friday to allow for a 17-lap sprint on Saturday to set the grid for the British Grand Prix.

Ultimately, the trial was met with largely positive feedback, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali stating the team principals are 100 per cent behind it.

Changing the format of a race weekend is one of the toughest things to try to gather support for in Formula 1, so Masi was delighted to see the open-minded approach – and, of course, the on-track action which sprint qualifying provided.

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