Formula 1 will remain with three sprint races in the 2023 season » FirstSportz

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The beginning of the sprint race of the Austrian Grand Prix weekend.

The sprint format was introduced in Formula 1 in 2021, three of which took place at Silverstone (UK), Monza (Italy) and Interlagos (Brazil). Sprint weekends mean there are two weekend “races” which should probably mean more excitement, but it also means there are only two workouts, one of which is used almost exclusively for the sprint, meaning that the data collection is affected.

Reactions from fans and drivers have been mixed regarding the format. Some are welcoming the excitement, such as Daniel Ricciardo, who believes each sprint weekend session makes more sense. On the other hand, sprint strategy options are limited, pit stops are highly unlikely in most cases, and even passes for the lead are, as the only pass for the lead in a sprint so far has been Max Verstappen’s late pass to Charles Leclerc at Imola this year.

Toto Wolff believes it’s the difference in performance between the teams that makes the sprint races less exciting. There have recently been rumors that Formula 1 could have six sprint races in 2023, but that is unlikely to happen – and the number of sprint races on the calendar is set to remain the same.

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Stefano Domenicali’s proposal for six sprint races fails

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Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc fight at the start of the Imola Sprint

As reported by Speedweek, Stefano Domenicali said: “We believe that a GP weekend is upgraded with a sprint.” and he’s been reported to have been the driving force behind the potential six sprint races for 2023, but it won’t happen now as he appears to be in the minority.

While Domenicali would have needed the approval of 8 out of 10 teams to proceed with the sprint race proposal, some team bosses appear to have disagreed with him. Apparently they asked for more money in line with the more sprint races, and so for 2023 Formula 1 will have three sprint races.

While it’s possible that sprint races will be expanded in subsequent seasons, there’s no guarantee that such a change will happen – as Domenicali has yet to convince teams. There will only be three sprint races left for 2023, as approved by the FIA ​​in the sporting regulations for next season.

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