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F1 sprint race time | Full schedule

The F1 sprint race has been a new concept in Formula 1 since 2021, when the format was first introduced at the British Grand Prix. But what is an F1 sprint race and what are the times and schedules for the sprint races in 2024?

Start sprintrace Imola © XPB

What is an F1 sprint race?

A sprint race is similar to a regular Grand Prix, only it is a lot shorter. In sprint races, the drivers have to race a distance of 100 km, whereas in a normal race it is at least 305 km. So in terms of time, a sprint race is also a lot shorter, lasting about 25 minutes to half an hour.

F1 sprint races in 2024 | race time & schedule

In the 2024 F1 season, there are no less than six sprint races on the calendar. When and where these take place and what time they can be seen can be seen in the overview below.

Overview F1 sprint races race time 2024

Race Date Race time (GMT)
GP China April 20 2024 3:00 AM
GP Miami May 4 2024 4:00 PM
GP Austria June 29 2024 10:00 AM
GP United States October 19 2024 6:00 PM
GP Brazil November 2 2024 2:00 PM
GP Qatar November 30 2024 1:00 PM

What is an F1 Sprint shootout

The sprint race format has changed in 2023 compared to sprint races in previous seasons. Saturday will be all about the sprint race and sprint shooutout. In 2024, the format will change once again.

  • First of all, a sprint shootout will take place: a separate qualifying session for the sprint race line-up later in the day after the free practice session. See table below for all sprint shootout start times;
  • After this separate qualification, the sprint race will take place the next day. Previous seasons, the sprint shootout and sprint race took place on the same day, but now they are on separate days.
  • Qualifying for the race already takes place on the Saturday after the sprint race. Also, Formula 1 drivers have only one free practice that they can drive.

Overview Sprint shootouts start time schedule 2024

Race Date Time (GMT)
GP China April 19 2024 6:00 AM
GP Miami May 3 2024 8:00 PM
GP Austria June 28 2024 3:00 PM
GP United States October 18 2024 9:00 PM
GP Brazil November 1 2024 6:00 PM
GP Qatar November 29 2024 5:00 PM

China GP sprint race start time

The official start time of the sprint race of China is 8:00AM (GMT) UK time and will take place on Saturday, April 20th.

Miami GP sprint race start time

The official start time of the sprint race of Miami is 9:00PM (GMT) UK time and will take place on Saturday, May 4th.

Austria GP sprint race start time

The official start time of the sprint race of Austria is 2:00PM (GMT) UK time and will take place on Saturday, June 29th.

United States GP sprint race start time

The official start time of the sprint race of the United States is 8:00PM (GMT) UK time and will take place on Saturday, October 19th.

Brazil GP sprint race start time

The official start time of the sprint race of Brazil is 4:00PM (GMT) UK time and will take place on Saturday, November 2th.

Qatar GP sprint race start time

The official start time of the sprint race in Qatar is 4:00 PM (GMT) UK time and will take place on Saturday, November 30th.

Winners F1 sprint races 2024

The table below lists all F1 sprint race winners of the 2024 season.

Overview F1 sprint race winners 2024

Race Date Winner
Chinese GP April 20 2024 Max Verstappen
Miami GP May 4 2024 Max Verstappen
Austrian GP July 29 2024 -
United States GP October 19 2024 -
Brazilian GP November 2 2024 -
Qatar GP November 30 2024 -

Championship points during an F1 sprint race

No points are handed out during a regular qualifying session, but points are awarded during sprint races, although not as many as the 'normal' race on Sunday. In the sprint, only the top eight drivers score points. The Formula 1 driver who finishes in first place will receive 8 points and the one who manages to finish eighth can add 1 point to the championship.

Different points system in 2021

However, the point count during the first sprint races in 2021 was different. Here, only the top 3 received points. Number 1 received 3 points, number 2 received 2 points and number 3 received 1 point.

Points F1 sprint races 2024

Position Points
1 8
2 7
3 6
4 5
5 4
6 3
7 2
8 1

F1 sprint race schedule

The schedule of a sprint race weekend looks different than during a regular race weekend. During a standard race weekend, the first two free practice sessions take place on Friday, the third free practice on Saturday, followed by qualifying. On Sunday, the race takes place.

What does the schedule of a sprint race weekend look like?

  • Friday early afternoon - Free practice 1
  • Friday late afternoon - Qualifying for race
  • Saturday morning - Sprint race shootout qualifying for sprintrace
  • Saturday afternoon - Sprint Race
  • Sunday - Grand Prix

A notable difference from a regular race weekend is also that during an F1 sprint race weekend, there is only one free practice instead of three. Again, this can create more excitement on the track. Also, Saturday during the 2024 season will be all about the sprint race.

F1 Sprint Race & Shooutout

Why is there an F1 sprint race?

The reason Formula 1 sprint races were created is to create more excitement mainly for the fans across an entire race weekend. On Friday, there is the excitement of qualifying, on Saturday the sprint race shootout and sprint race and on Sunday the grand prix. Qualifying on Friday determines the starting line-up for the sprint race.

The driver who manages to achieve first place during qualifying does get officially awarded pole position, which has been the case since 2022. Controversially, this was not the case in 2021, when the winner of the sprint race received this title. The pole position of the sprint race shootout does not officially count as pole position.

Varying opinions of F1 drivers

Not all Formula 1 drivers were enthusiastic about the arrival of sprint racing in 2021, but the vast majority were. Sergio Perez, for example, thought the format was too unusual, while Sebastian Vettel did not think it was a bad idea at all.

In the end, though, the sprint race format was judged successful and the concept was carried through to the 2022, 2023 and 2024 F1 seasons.

First F1 sprint race of 2021

The 2021 British Grand Prix saw the first sprint race. Lewis Hamilton started from pole position, having qualified fastest the day before. However, Max Verstappen overtook him at the start and ended up becoming the first winner of a sprint race. These points that Verstappen gained from this sprint race ended up being very important during the exciting title battle with Lewis Hamilton in 2021, which Max Verstappen eventually won.

F1 sprint race start time schedule

Best sprint racers 2024 F1 season

Driver Points
Max Verstappen 16
Sergio Perez 12
Charles Leclerc 12
Carlos Sainz 8
Lewis Hamilton 7
Oscar Piastri 5
Daniel Ricciardo 5
Lando Norris 3
Nico Hulkenberg 2
George Russell 1
Yuki Tsunoda 1
Pierre Gasly 0
Lance Stroll 0
Fernando Alonso 0
Esteban Ocon 0
Alexander Albon 0
Valtteri Bottas 0
Kevin Magnussen 0
Guanyu Zhou 0
Nyck de Vries 0
Logan Sargeant 0

Best F1 sprint race drivers

The list below shows the top 10 Formula 1 drivers who have so far secured the most points during a sprint race.

Best F1 sprint racers all-time

Position Driver Points
1 Max Verstappen 89
2 Sergio Perez 51
3 Charles Leclerc 50
4 Carlos Sainz 49
5 Lewis Hamilton 38
6 George Russell 32
7 Lando Norris 30
8 Oscar Piastri 20
9 Pierre Gasly 11
10 Valtteri Bottas 8
F1 Sprint shooutout start time schedule

Best sprint racers 2023 F1 season

Driver Points
Max Verstappen 39
Lando Norris 21
Carlos Sainz 18
Sergio Perez 17
Oscar Piastri 15
Lewis Hamilton 15
Charles Leclerc 14
George Russell 13
Pierre Gasly 8
Lance Stroll 5
Fernando Alonso 5
Yuki Tsunoda 3
Nico Hulkenberg 3
Esteban Ocon 2
Alexander Albon 2
Valtteri Bottas 0
Kevin Magnussen 0
Guanyu Zhou 0
Nyck de Vries 0
Daniel Ricciardo 0
Logan Sargeant 0

Overview of winners of previous sprint races

See the overview below of all winners of the F1 sprint races held so far.

F1 sprint race winners 2021

Race Date Winner
British GP July 17 2021 Max Verstappen
Monza GP September 11 2021 Valtteri Bottas
Interlagos GP November 13 2021 Valtteri Bottas

F1 sprint race winners 2022

Race Date Winner
Emilia-Romagna GP April 23 2022 Max Verstappen
Austrian GP July 9 2022 Max Verstappen
Brazilian GP November 12 2022 George Russell

Full F1 sprint results

See full results for each F1 sprint race below

Full Results 2021 F1 sprint races

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Full Results 2022 F1 sprint races

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Full Results 2023 F1 sprint races

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What is sprintrace F1?

A sprint race is a shortened version of a Grand Prix. It typically lasts around 30 minutes and only the top 8 finishers can earn points. The winner receives 8 points, while the driver in eighth position receives 1 point. Additionally, one point can be earned for setting the fastest lap during the sprint race. Sprint races often feature racing on a single tire compound, although pit stops can still be made.

Which races are sprint races F1 2024?

In 2024, there will be six sprint races, namely the following Grand Prix events: China, Miami, Austria, United States (Austin), Brazil, and Qatar.

What is the new F1 sprint format?

In 2024, there will be a new F1 sprint format. Last year, both the sprint shootout and sprint race took place on Saturday. However, starting this year, the Shootout will be on Friday after free practice. Then, on Saturday, there will be the sprint race, followed by qualifying for the Grand Prix on Sunday.

Is Monza a sprint weekend?

No, Monza will not be a sprint weekend in 2024.

How many laps is a F1 sprint race?

The number of laps in an F1 sprint race differs per Grand Prix due to the circuit length. Approximately, a sprint race lasts 30 minutes. For example, the number of laps at Spa-Francorchamps, which is a long circuit, will be much fewer compared to a short track like Austria. It is estimated to be between 11 and 24 laps depending on the circuit length.

What is a F1 sprint shootout?

An F1 sprint shootout is comparable to the qualifying session for the Grand Prix. In the sprint shootout, the drivers will determine the starting grid for the sprint race in three sessions. Only 10 drivers will make it to the final session, where the top 10 is decided.

What is the difference between sprint and sprint shootout?

During the sprint shootout, the starting grid will be decided for the sprint race. The sprint shootout is comparable to qualifying, and the sprint race is comparable to the Grand Prix.
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