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What Will The New Sprint Races Look Like In F1 This Year?

This weekend, at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola, the new sprint format for 2022 will debut. This year the circuits chosen for the race on Saturday are Imola, Red Bull Ring and Interlagos.

Formula 1, which last season added an experimental program of three sprint races on Saturday Grand Prix at Monza, Silverstone and Interlagos, repeats this year although with a new format and new venues. Only Brazil maintains its test, while Imola replaces Monza in Italy and the Austrian Red Bull Ring takes over the race at the British GP.

In 2021 the spectacle of the sprint fights was generally well received, but it also received criticism and the FIA ​​and F1 understood that they had to improve the format in 2022. 

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It was even considered to introduce six races in the calendar this year, but in the end they stayed in three due to economic disagreement with the teams, which in a double race weekend have much higher costs, especially in case of accidents. This Saturday in Imola starts the new version, with the following changes:

PROGRAM

Friday: The first free practice session (FP1) and the usual classification (Q1, Q2 and Q3) will be held. The classification will decide the starting order in the Sprint Qualifying Race.

Saturday: The second free practice session (FP2) and the sprint qualifying race will take place, which will decide the starting order for the traditional race on Sunday.

Sunday: Race

POINTS

Drivers and teams will receive bonus points on the three double race weekends. In addition to the usual points for their position in Sunday's Feature Race, the top eight in the Sprint Qualifying Race will also earn the following points based on their position, from 8 to 1 points. 

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The driver who achieves the fastest lap in the sprint test will not be awarded. Thus, a driver can add up to 34 points in a weekend like this if he achieves the first position in the Sprint Qualifying Race and the victory and fastest lap in the Main Race.

DISTANCE

A total of 100 kilometers will be covered in the Sprint Qualifying Race. It will last between 25 and 30 minutes. In Imola this Saturday, April 23, 21 laps will be completed.

GRILL

The grid for the Sprint Qualifying Race will be based on the usual classification (Q1, Q2 and Q3). Sunday's race will be decided by the results in the Sprint Qualifying Race.

POLE POSITION

The Pole Position will continue to be decided in the traditional classification, that of Friday.

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