F1 confirms sprint races for 2024

Six sprint weekends to be held next season, equal to this year’s number.

Formula One has confirmed the venues for its sprint events in 2024.

Confirmed:

  • China and Miami host sprint weekends for the first time
  • Austria and Brazil stage their third sprint events
  • Austin and Qatar return for a successive season

Context:

Sprint events were introduced in 2021 to provide fans with more competitive on-track action over the course of a race weekend. However, they have been a divisive addition to the calendar, with fans, drivers and teams all criticising the lack of racing actually produced. This has led Formula One to consider a dramatic overhaul of the format, which could debut next season.

The six sprints next year will create a 30-race calendar, with 24 Grands Prix scheduled for the 2024 season. Whether Formula One is able to cope with a demanding schedule of this nature remains to be seen.

Comment:

Stefano Domenicali, president and chief executive of Formula One, said: “I am delighted to announce six exciting venues for next season’s F1 Sprint events, including two new hosts China and Miami, both of which will be fantastic additions and provide great racing for all our fans at the race and watching at home.

“Since its creation in 2021, the Sprint has been consistent in delivering increased audiences on TV, more on track entertainment for the fans at events and increased fan engagement on social and digital platforms, and we are looking forward to the exciting events next year.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Coming next:

The Formula One statement reveals that ‘potential changes to the Sprint format with a proposal to be presented to the F1 Commission for consideration at the first meeting of 2024’ will be discussed in further detail. Rumours point to this being a reversed grid for the sprint race, although it is unclear whether this will be full or partial in nature.

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