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Sprint 'race' victors to wear laurel garlands

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14/07/2021

F1's latest gimmick, Sprint Qualifying is to feature an iconic nod to the sport's past as it is revealed that the sprint race 'podium finishers' will be presented with laurel garlands.

The laurel garland sported by race winners was a traditional sight until drivers' overalls - much like their cars - became prime real estate in terms of sponsors logos.

Realising that the garlands would cover sponsors logos in pictures of the victor on the podium, the garlands were soon dropped.

This weekend however, with the introduction of Sprint Qualifying, the garlands return, when the leading three finishers in Saturday's race, which decides the grid order for Sunday, will be presented with garlands before heading off on a victory lap of the circuit.

"F1 Sprint is a brand-new and exciting format," says Alex Molina, Director of Event Spectacle at Formula 1, "so we felt it was important to come up with a post-race moment that was equally special.

"The moment recognises the seven decades of history in the sport and combines it with a modern twist - very similar to the Sprint itself."

While the garlands and lap of honour are a welcome return, there is no mention of another tradition from the old days of the British Grand Prix, the 100 bottles of Champagne.

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1. Posted by Apexing, 15/07/2021 14:01

"@elsiebc I'm wondering how long it will take until the garlands themselves are covered in logos..."FTD - the official flower partner of F1...""

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2. Posted by elsiebc, 15/07/2021 3:15

"So how long before they realize that the garlands will still cover sponsors logos?"

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3. Posted by Great_white_shark, 14/07/2021 21:16

"That's it, Alex Molina, Director of Event Spectacle at Formula 1, you have now earned your salary! That is why they pay you the big bucks"

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4. Posted by Roli, 14/07/2021 15:34

"Enter your comment hereWow! Now that makes all the difference! You just have to win the sprint race just to have a useless, pointless piece of junk. Joke"

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5. Posted by MossMan, 14/07/2021 14:14

"Yeah, why not? Go for it..."

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