Sprint qualifying is planned for Britain, Italy and Brazil this season with the top three drivers earning points, however F1 is keen to give drivers more opportunities to take home points.
As things stand, the top three finishers in sprint qualifying races will earn three, two and one point(s). However with F1 likely to include the format at more weekends in the future, the idea of more points for Grand Slam drivers continues to take shape. F1 boss Stefano Domenicali recently expressed this wish and according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, it's increasingly likely that this Grand Slam idea will be introduced.
It means that should a driver take pole on Friday, win the sprint qualifying race on Saturday and also win Sunday's feature race, they will earn extra points. At the moment it remains unclear as to how many that would be, but according to the Italian newspaper, drivers will be able to earn more points at as many as seven race weekends in 2022.
This would give drivers seven opportunities to strengthen their bid for the F1 Drivers' Championship, as F1 are hoping to reach a younger audience with the introduction of the spring qualifying and the Grand Slam points system.
With ratings for Netflix's 'Drive to Survive' series and the fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen bringing more eyes to the sport, organisers are keen to keep that audience moving forward.