The Formula 1 Commission – in which all teams, F1 and the FIA are represented – discussed several key topics pertaining to 2022 in its latest meeting held on Wednesday, including changes to the calendar and proposals to increase the number of Sprint races.
The first topic was the Sporting Regulations changes regarding next year's Formula 1 calendar. The rules state that no more than two sessions of a maximum of three consecutive test days per session are permitted, with the final day ending more than 10 days before the start of the first event of the incoming season.
The draft F1 calendar for 2022, previously revealed by RacingNews365.com, is not in compliance with these stipulations given that two sessions of five and three days respectively were agreed, with the final day of testing ending eight days before the start of the season.
The meeting unanimously agreed to amend these clauses to ensure compliance with the calendar as presented. As previously revealed by RacingNews365.com, the Chinese Grand Prix will not return in 2022, to be replaced by a race in Imola. Shanghai's round will remain available as a back-up in case another event is cancelled.
Furthermore, team bosses were updated on the talks about the new engine rules, which are in an advanced stage given they are not party to those discussions, as only current and potential engine suppliers attended recent engine meetings.
Another topic of discussion was the treatment of shortened races following the rain-affected Belgian Grand Prix, with the Commission requesting the F1 Sporting Advisory Committee to recommend various options for consideration at the next meeting.
Finally, the number of Sprint races for 2022 was discussed. This year three races are being held as a test; for next year this is likely to double. Although no formal vote was held pending a third such race in Brazil, RacingNews365.com has learned there was agreement in principle for six Sprint races to be held in 2022. However, the final weekend format may still be tweaked.
These matters will be presented to the FIA World Motorsport Council meeting in Paris on Friday for ratification prior to adoption.
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