FIA stalls additional sprint races as teams back expansion for 2023

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FIA stalls additional sprint races as teams back expansion for 2023

In a meet of F1 teams on Tuesday, the Formula One franchises had agreed to double up the number of sprint races to six next year, however, an entirely new FIA management board which went through a number of sweeping reforms this year including a raft of changes on how the events would be managed, stalled the decision saying further evaluation is required to reach a feasible solution.

Aside from that, the FIA Governing body said in a statement followed by the meet that the Formula One teams had proposed to use the current format next year for sprint races, while points could be awarded to top eight finishes in the 100km sprint.

Though, FIA had paused the decision citing the proposal needs a probing view on the impacts of the sprint races over championship title.

Formula One Teams’ decision to double sprint races paused by FIA

What is F1 saying?

In a meet chaired by FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, Formula One said, “While supporting the principle of an increased number of sprint events, the FIA is still evaluating the impact of this proposal on its trackside operations and personnel, and will provide its feedback to the commission”.

As a super-majority is needed for any change to take effect with FIA holding a third of the votes on the Governing body, F1 Managing Director Ross Brawn said to the reporters after Imola sprint, “I think what I would like to do is at least get six races settled and then after these three races we can see if there are format developments we want to do. But I would like to just move on to six races”.