Formula 1 has confirmed that it will run six Sprint Qualifying events each season from 2023 onwards after the sport was granted approval for more Saturday events.
This will mark a doubling of the number of Sprint events, which is what many teams have wanted for quite some time – however it has always been a source of debate between F1 and governing body FIA.
They had originally suggested that the sport would continue with three per season, earlier this year, however, bosses reportedly held discussions on the format, and plans for six a season were accepted on Tuesday.
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The venues for the six events will be confirmed at a later date, although you can already check out the record 24-race calendar for 2024.
Speaking about the update, F1 president and CEO Stefano Domenicali said: “I am pleased that we can confirm six Sprints will be part of the Championship from 2023 onwards, building on the success of the new format introduced for the first time in 2021.
“The Sprint provides action across three days with the drivers all fighting for something right from the start on Friday through to the main event on Sunday – adding more drama and excitement to the weekend.
“The feedback from the fans, teams, promoters, and partners has been very positive and the format is adding a new dimension to Formula 1, and we all want to ensure its success in the future.”
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