Fernando Alonso Calls for Sprint Format Changes Following Disadvantage in Qualifying
Fernando Alonso expressed frustration over the sprint shootout format after feeling at a “big disadvantage” during qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix. The Aston Martin driver had to qualify on used tires due to a lack of new soft tires available to him.
The rules for the sprint shootout dictate that medium tires are mandatory for the first two sessions, while soft tires are mandatory for the final session (SQ3). However, this requirement was waived when the track was declared wet on Saturday morning.