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Formula 1

F1 set for several more Sprint races in 2022 season

Stefano Domenicali has spoken about F1's new Sprint format and how regularly it could feature in 2022.

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Formula 1 Chairman and CEO Stefano Domenicali has revealed that the 'F1 Sprint' format could feature at a third of events on the 2022 calendar.

F1 Sprint brings several changes to the usual weekend format. Firstly, qualifying is moved to Friday evening, after only one practice session; this sets the grid for a 100km Sprint Qualifying race on Saturday, which in turn confirms the starting order for Sunday's Grand Prix.

Great Britain and Italy played host to the first two Sprint events earlier this season, with another planned for Brazil.

As revealed by RacingNews365.com last month, the 2022 F1 calendar is set to feature 23 races, and Domenicali has earmarked around a third of these for the new Sprint format – equating to seven or eight events.

"I can say we will not go everywhere with the Sprint qualy format," Domenicali told Sky Sports, as he discussed F1's plans.

"It is something we want to keep for one-third of the races, more or less, and to connect with a certain different way of giving rewards and points, and to connect with specific circuits that, as you know, would make the difference.

"There is a lot of food for thought. We will involve all the stakeholders: broadcasters, drivers, teams, promoters and fans. We won't forget our role is to take the right decision and to consider all the points and points of view of everyone."

On how the Sprint format has been received, Domenicali added: "The vast majority of the comments were super positive. Promoters are super happy because there is something new and important on Friday and Saturday and Sunday.

"We are receiving this positive feedback, therefore we need to know next year we have a great plan where we will consider also the points highlighted by people who did not like this format.

"Generally speaking, it has been an incredible success."

RacingNews365.com understands that the longer-term plan for F1 is to move to 20 Grands Prix per season, with up to 10 events featuring the Sprint format.


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