F1 will double ‘sprint’ events to six for 2023 season onwards

29 Sep, 2022 - 00:09 0 Views
F1 will double ‘sprint’ events to six for 2023 season onwards F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali

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Formula One will double the number of ‘sprint’ events to six for the 2023 season onwards after the FIA approved an increase from the three events this year.

Sprint sessions have become highly popular with fans since the format was introduced last year with qualifying taking place on Fridays and Saturday’s short sprint race deciding the grid for Sunday’s main race, as well as awarding additional points.

The 2022 season has had sprint sessions at the Emilia Romagna and Austrian Grands Prix, with the Sao Paulo Grand Prix set to host the final one. The FIA added next year’s additions will be confirmed in due course.

The Sprint provides action across three days with the drivers all fighting for something right from the start on Friday through to the main event on Sunday – adding more drama and excitement to the weekend,’ F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali said.

‘The feedback from the fans, teams, promoters and partners has been very positive and the format is adding a new dimension to Formula 1, and we all want to ensure its success in the future.’Earlier this year, Formula One teams had agreed to double the number of sprint events to six in 2023 at a meeting in April before it was sent for approval by the FIA, who sought to evaluate the proposal.

The teams had agreed to only three this season for cost reasons and the FIA had stalled on approving the proposal for doubling sprints to six as the governing body wanted a financial contribution from Formula One.

However, the FIA said there were no changes to the commercial agreements between them and Formula One Management (FOM) with respect to Sprint sessions.

‘…we concluded a thorough analysis on the impact of additional Sprint sessions, and have adjusted relevant parameters of our work to ensure that they continue to be regulated at the very highest level,’ FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem said.

Azerbaijan’s promoter had said they want its Grand Prix in Baku to be one of six proposed sprint weekends next season. DailyMail.

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