We’re About To See The F1 Sprint A LOT More Next Season – WTF1
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We’re About To See The F1 Sprint A LOT More Next Season

If you’re not a fan of the F1 Sprint, then we’ve got bad news. The FIA have confirmed that we’re getting double the amount of Sprint weekends next year, so SIX in total.

The Sprint events, which F1 first introduced last season, see the weekend schedule turned upside down, with qualifying moved to a Friday and then a 100km Sprint race on Saturday. This Sprint then determines the grid for Sunday’s race.

Since its debut at Silverstone last season, it has split fans’ opinions.

Some like the jeopardy and excitement that comes with another almost ‘mini race’ on the Saturday, plus it removes another boring practice session. Whereas others are more traditionalists, who like the way the fastest laps in qualifying make up the grid come Sunday.

It’s not been confirmed yet where we’ll get the Sprint events for 2023 and beyond. So far, we’ve had the Sprint at Silverstone, Monza, Interlagos, Imola and the Red Bull Ring, with the iconic Brazilian venue once again hosting a Sprint later this season.

“The feedback from the fans, teams, promoters, and partners has been very positive,” F1 boss Stefano Domenicali said about the news. “The format is adding a new dimension to Formula 1, and we all want to ensure its success in the future.”

Let’s be honest, though; he’s not going to complain, is he? There’s no denying that the Sprint gets more bums on seats and more money in F1’s pocket!

Are you a fan of the Sprint? Let us know in the comments.

3 thoughts on “We’re About To See The F1 Sprint A LOT More Next Season

  • Not a fan.. I still think it adds very little (other than an extra chaos moment with an extra standing start) and only devaluates the qualification and GP itself.. There’s nothing wrong with the classic format of free practices, qualification and GP imho.. Also quality over quantity..

    More sprintraces also favors Red Bull and Max I think, maybe making their domination even bigger next year.. Ferrari’s strong point is qualification and that is less important if you have a sprintrace.. Also, the more races there are the more it favors the average best car-driver combination, which is Red Bull and Max Verstappen right now.. 24 races and 6 sprints means more time to even out incidental bad results..

    • I fully agree. If they think the weekend is boring the solution is to make Free Practices not boring. But not by giving points or medals or less running time for top teams or any of the bs we’ve heard, but by making it possible for a normal person to know what the heck is going on. Using Qualy graphics which tell me that Leclerc is 4 seconds off the fastest lap while he’s doing a race simulation on hard tyres won’t help the fans, that’s why we don’t tune in. Just make new graphics with race paces and how many stints have drivers completed so a normal fan can follow. Qualy and Race are great as they are.

  • Not a fan.. I still think it adds very little (other than an extra chaos moment with an extra standing start) and only devaluates the qualification and GP itself.. There’s nothing wrong with the classic format of free practices, qualification and GP imho.. Also quality over quantity..

    More sprintraces also favors Red Bull and Max I think, maybe making their domination even bigger next year.. Ferrari’s strong point is qualification and that is less important if you have a sprintrace.. Also, the more races there are the more it favors the average best car-driver combination, which is Red Bull and Max Verstappen right now.. 24 races and 6 sprints means more time to even out incidental bad results..

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