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Toto Wolff

Wolff: All the logic speaks for more Sprint races in 2022

The Mercedes team boss understands why Formula 1 is pushing for more Sprint events to be included on the 2022 calendar.

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Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff believes Formula 1's ongoing push for more Sprint races is "logical" from a "commercial" point of view.

There have been two Sprint events so far in 2021, with the final one set to take place at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix next month.

RacingNews365.com has learned that there is an agreement in principle for six Sprint races to be held in 2022. However, the final weekend format may still be tweaked.

"[F1 CEO] Stefano [Domenicali] will know best from a commercial standpoint," Wolff told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press. "I think he's an expert.

"All the logic speaks for, from a commercial standpoint, more Sprint races, because you just generate another interesting session – one on Friday, one in Saturday and one on Sunday. So I think I get that.

"I think that if we were to do more, then maybe the format overall needs to be tweaked. How many points are attributed? Is it really 3-2-1, or should it go back to 10th place, without undervaluing the Grand Prix? So that's a fine line which you need to balance."

F1's Sprint events have sparked a mixed reaction amongst fans and drivers.

Red Bull's Sergio Perez described the Monza Sprint Qualifying as "very boring", despite moving up the order from his starting position.

Wolff reckons the teams and drivers may just "need to accept" the Sprint format.

"If Stefano says it creates much more audiences and therefore ability to monetise and create some special races, then I guess we need to follow his call," said Wolff.

"Then it's about the old traditionalist in me that wants to have a Grand Prix on a Sunday at two or three o'clock. We just need to accept that maybe it needs a format tweak and have Sprint races."

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