We Could See The F1 Sprint Format At Many More Races Next Year – WTF1

We Could See The F1 Sprint Format At Many More Races Next Year

The F1 Sprint made its debut on the calendar this year, with a mixed reaction from fans. We had our first experience of it at Silverstone, with another event at Monza during the Italian Grand Prix weekend. There’s talk that a third Sprint could be seen at the Brazilian Grand Prix later this year too.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has been reflecting on the success of the two Sprint events we’ve seen so far and suggested that we could see this format at a third of the races next year. Uh, Sorry – what now?

“Generally speaking, it has been an incredible success,” Domenicali said when talking about the Sprint. Let’s be honest though, he’s hardly going to say anything negative about it.

Discussing the 23 race 2022 calendar that is due to be released this month, Stefano had to be quite careful with what he said when sharing where we could see the Sprint qualifying races for next season.

“The thing that I can say is we will not go everywhere with the sprint quali format or with the sprint format because that is something we want to keep for one-third of the races more or less.”

When asked to clarify this, Stefano said that there was a “possibility” that we could see the Sprint format at seven or eight races next year. That’s a lot for something that some fans are still rather unsure about.

Do you like the F1 Sprint, or should the format be changed? Let us know in the comments below. 

3 thoughts on “We Could See The F1 Sprint Format At Many More Races Next Year

  • Matthew Dietz says:

    I personally really liked the Sprint Format as it made the weekend more interesting and overall had more to watch. Being a teenager in High School, I was able to watch qualifying at school and it quite honestly made my day.

    The Sprint made the whole weekend more exciting for me as it added a session and took away one of those meaningless practice sessions, which as an American without F1TV I can’t even watch.

    I’d love to see more Sprint weekends but I know that respecting tradition is very important, so I think there is a balance to be struck, and as Stefano said, “If F1 stays put in tradition it will drown”

  • Phillip Watters says:

    I really hope this doesn’t happen more next year. I’ve always loved the traditional knockout qualifying and didn’t get anything out of watching the sprint format at Silverstone and Monza.

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