Formula 1 calendar to feature six Sprint events from 2023

Sprint sessions were introduced to F1 in 2021 and proved a popular addition to the usual weekend format.

Ritesh PathakAuthor

Updated - 28 September 2022 12:22 PM

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Apart from featuring as many as 24 races on the calendar, F1 2023 season and the season onwards will also have six Sprint events. Formula 1 on Tuesday announced that the World Motor Sport Council, FIA has approved the proposal to increase Sprint events from three to six. However, the venues for these six Sprint races have not been decided yet. Notably, the 2023 F1 season kicks off with Bahrain Grand Prix in March. 

Sprint sessions were introduced to F1 in 2021 and proved a popular addition to the usual weekend format, with qualifying shifting to Friday and an extra 100km race slotting into Saturday’s schedule to set the grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix. While Silverstone, Monza and Interlagos played host to the first trio of Sprint events in 2021, Imola, the Red Bull Ring and Interlagos were selected for the 2022 campaign.

“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,” said Formula 1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali.

“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.”

FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem also reacted to this change and reckoned that it indicates the continued growth and prosperity at the highest level of motorsport.

“The confirmation that six race weekends featuring Sprint will take place from the 2023 FIA Formula One World Championship season onwards is another example of the continued growth and prosperity at the highest level of motor sport,” said Sulayem. 

“Sprint sessions provide an exciting dynamic to the race weekend format and have proven to be popular over the past two seasons – I am sure that this positive trend will continue and am pleased that the World Motor Sport Council has today given its approval for them to go ahead,” he added. 

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