“We're very close to finalising the format,” Stevenson said. “We've been working closely with the FIA and going through it carefully with our engineers and strategists to make sure it's workable.
“We all support the new format, but we need to make sure that the regulations are going to work as intended. What I like about the proposed new format is that the two parts of the event, the Sprint and the Grand Prix, are separate.
“Drivers will push harder and take more risks in the Sprint because their finishing position won't affect their grid position on Sunday. It's going to be an extremely exciting weekend. Baku is an interesting selection for a Sprint race.
“It could be very challenging for the teams and drivers, especially because of the high attrition rate that we get in Baku due to the unforgiving nature of the circuit.”
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