46. Stuart Pringle

stuart pringle
Age 45
Occupation Managing Director, Silverstone Circuits
Nationality British
Position Last Year 50

As Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Ltd, Stuart Pringle is not only responsible for the delivery of the world-class programme of motor racing events at ‘The Home of British Motor Racing but he is also charged with the transformation of Silverstone from solely a motor racing circuit to a far broader leisure business.

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Previous circuit management and events promotion experience includes spells as Sporting Director at Silverstone and Motorsport Events Manager at Brands Hatch.

For eight years Stuart was the Club Secretary of the British Racing Drivers’ Club and he also spent five years as the Club Secretary of the Vintage Sports-Car Club, where he oversaw an extensive programme of 35 historic motorsport events annually.

Stuart served for five years as an officer in the Royal Tank Regiment in the British Army and holds a degree in Real Estate Valuation.

Silverstone are delighted to confirm that the Formula 1 British Grand Prix will be the first event to trial the Sprint Qualifying format that was announced by Formula 1 and the FIA on 26 April.

The shorter sprint qualifying race will run to about one-third of the distance of a Grand Prix.

The format is designed to increase the on-track action and engage fans in a new and innovative way. It also strikes the right balance of rewarding drivers and teams on merit while also giving others the chance to battle their way through the field on Saturday to increase their race chances on Sunday.

On Friday there will be a new qualifying session after the First Free Practice that will determine the grid for the Sprint Qualifying on Saturday. The results of Saturday’s Sprint Qualifying will determine the grid for Sunday’s race. It has been decided that the top three finishers in Saturday’s Sprint Qualifying will receive points, with first-place receiving three points, second place two points and third place one point.

On receiving the news Stuart Pringle, Managing Director of Silverstone commented “We are incredibly excited that Silverstone fans will be the first to experience the Formula 1 sprint qualifying format at this year’s British Grand Prix.

We have not seen such a major timetable shake-up in the sport for years and I appreciate the continued efforts being made by Formula 1 and the FIA to enhance the entertainment on track giving our spectators, even more, to look forward to this July.

The Friday and Saturday crowds at Silverstone are arguably the largest on the F1 calendar and, following the live events drought of 2020, this year will be no exception. Given we have very nearly sold out of tickets for Sunday, Saturday now represents a great opportunity for fans to see a Formula 1 race at Silverstone this summer.”

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