The Sprint is here to stay! Formula One reaches an agreement to DOUBLE the number of races shortened next season to six after successes at Silverstone and Monza.
- Sprint qualifying was introduced in Formula One at Silverstone in July.
- The evolution of the sport has skeptics but it has been a hit with younger fans.
- F1 executive Ross Brawn has revealed there is a deal for Sprints in 2022
- The number of shortened races is expected to increase from three to six
Formula One executive Ross Brawn said there is an agreement to double the number of sprints to six next season.
The shortened format, one-third the distance of a normal race, was first introduced at Silverstone in July, with this month’s Brazilian Grand Prix to provide the setting for the third and final sprint event of the campaign. The other took place in Monza in September.
Brawn, 66, admitted that traditional fans have not been convinced by the shakeup of the F1 format, with qualifying traced back to Friday and the result of the sprint that set the grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix, but He claimed the new concept was popular with the sport’s younger generation.
Formula One will expand its number of Sprint qualifying races to six for the 2022 season.
F1 executive Ross Brawn revealed that an agreement has been reached with the teams in principle
He added that there could be a greater number of points available in the future, with only the top three drivers currently rewarded.
“ In principle, we have agreed with the teams that we will look at six sprint events next year, ” said Brawn, with a record 23-round schedule scheduled for 2022.
“Our opinion is that we should take some progressive steps for next year, but not radical steps, and that is because the new generation of cars is coming and we have to see the impact of that.
The Sprint format, a third of a normal race, was introduced at Silverstone for the British GP.
“So we are conservative for 2022 but positive about the concept and we are very happy that Formula One has been brave enough to try an alternative concept in three races to see how it works.
“ We want the rewarded points to be significant enough that they are worth racing for, and they go lower so that drivers in lower positions still want to fight for them. ”
“We will discuss it with the teams and the governing body, the FIA.”
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will renew their rivalry in Mexico City on Sunday. The British driver follows Verstappen by 12 points with just five rounds remaining.