Official: Six Sprint races to take place next year in Formula 1


Official: Six Sprint races to take place next year in Formula 1

After several months of delay, the World Automobile Federation (FIA) finally adopted the calendar of competitions in the Formula 1 championship. Next season, there will be six racing weekends in the sprint format, instead of the current three.

Formula 1 teams and owners supported the plan back in April, but FIA chief Mohammed bin Sulayem hesitated to make sure the championship's participants would be able to financially "endure" the planned changes. Such an attitude was met with misunderstanding by a large number of people in Formula 1, as it seemed that the plans could fail due to the delay in the implementation decision.

Regarding the decision to implement six sprint races in the championship calendar, the FIA ​​announced that the additional three sprint races do not pose a danger to the teams and that they will not change the financial plan.

The executive director of Formula 1, Stefano Domenicali, praised the decision made, while the leaders of the fastest wagon wanted such a scenario already for this current season.

Six Sprints confirmed

"I am pleased that we can confirm six Sprints will be part of the Championship from 2023 onwards, building on the success of the new format introduced for the first time in 2021," said F1 president and CEO Stefano Domenicali.

"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. "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."

After the decision on the introduction, the leaders of Formula 1 remain to decide on which tracks the new format will be used.

When the plan was originally unveiled, there was talk of races in Bahrain, Imola, Canada, Austria, the Netherlands and Brazil. Sprint races bring the most excitement on tracks where there are more opportunities to overtake. The next race takes place on October 2nd in Singapore.