Formula 1 to double the number of Sprint races a season from three to six from 2023 onwards after discussions with governing body FIA; The proposal was unanimously supported by the teams earlier this year and was voted on by the World Motor Sports Council on Tuesday.
By Matt Morlidge
Last updated: 09/27/22 4:24 pm
Formula 1 will run six Sprint events per season from 2023 onwards after the sport was finally approved for more Saturday races.
Doubling the number of Sprint events has long been supported by teams, but has been a source of controversy between F1 and governing body FIA, who suggested earlier this year that the sport would continue with three.
But F1 and the FIA have held active discussions about the format, Saturday’s shorter race that will set the grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix and increase the number to six a season has been approved by the Sports Council. Motor World gets in the way on Tuesday.
Venues for the six events will be confirmed at a later date. F1 has revealed a record 24 race calendar for 2024.
“I’m delighted that we can confirm that six Sprints will be part of the Championship from 2023 onward, building on the success of the new format first introduced in 2021,” the owner said. F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali said.
“Sprint offers three-day action with all the drivers fighting for something from the very beginning on Friday all the way to the main event on Sunday – adding more drama and excitement into the weekend.
“The feedback from 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. Future.”
F1 has hosted three Sprints per season since its launch, although there are plans to run six by 2022.
Those proposals were dropped following objections from the teams over cost, but they agreed to six Sprints in 2023 earlier this year. The FIA, however, refused to approve over their financial concerns.
FIA President, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, FIA president, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, said: “It is confirmed that the six race weekends with Sprint will take place from the 2023 FIA Formula One world championship season onwards. is another example of continued growth and prosperity at the highest level of motor sport,” said FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem after the WMSC vote.
“In close collaboration with Stefano Domenicali and our colleagues at FOM, we concluded a thorough analysis of the impact of additional Sprint sessions and adjusted the relevant parameters of the work. to ensure that they continue to be regulated at the highest level.
“Sprint sessions bring exciting dynamism to the weekend racing format and have proven popular over the past two seasons – I’m sure this positive trend will continue and I’m delighted that the Association The World Motor Sports Council today approved them to go wild.”
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