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In the 2023 season, Max Verstappen won his third F1 title at the Qatar Sprint Race.
The format of the Sprint Race in Formula 1 has not convinced everyone, that is why The teams will have a meeting in February to agree or not to modify, the only certainty is that The six announced sprints will remain on the calendar no matter what happens at the meeting.
In the middle of the 2023 season there had already been talk of proposals to improve the format and among them several agreed on implementing inverted grills to make the short race more attractive and add more excitement.
What did Domenicali say about the Sprint Race?
Stefano Domenicali confirmed that all team leaders will hold a meeting in the first days of February to reach an agreement on the Sprint Race. And it is that One of the teams’ main concerns is how risky the Sprint can be.Well, one wrong move and your Sunday race is ruined.
“The calendar is left with six Sprint races. We have a meeting at the beginning of February at the We plan to talk about some operational changes linked to the management of the closed park and also to a different format. “I can’t anticipate more, I would like to, but first we must reach an agreement, sign it and put it into practice.”
Stefano Domenicali, F1 CEO
And although some fans or teams do not fully accept the Sprint, Domenicali affirms that The only intention they have is to make Formula 1 more attractive and above all increase the number of fans.
“The data shows that there is interest in sprint races. To new fans, the concept of dedicating They don’t like a whole day just in tests, they aren’t interested in sports. We must not forget that many sports are changing. Everyone, NBMA or baseball included, is very attentive to what is happening in the world. And we have been among the first to do it”
Domenicali on interest in the Sprint Race
Sprint Race 2024
|November 29 – December 1
Changes to the Sprint Race format
Among some of the changes that have been proposed for the Sprint Race are inverted grids, make a mini championship in addition to the Constructors’ championship and Drivers, with the intention that the points distributed by the Sprint do not count for both championships and thus prevent someone from being crowned champion on a Saturday.
Just as happened in the 2023 season with Max Verstappen, who won his third world title with second place in the Sprint in Qatar.
According to Domenicali, fan interest in the Sprint has grown significantly unlike Free Practice, which is why they need to ‘exploit’ that format even morealthough they will surely encounter several refusals from the team leaders, such as Toto Wolff himself, who flat out does not want them to start doing experiments.
“I’d rather there be no sprint races than for them to start meddling. With reverse grid racing, we are moving towards junior formulas in which sport follows entertainment, while entertainment should follow sport.”
Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes
In the end, we will have to wait until February 2024 to see the happy modifications and if you are, they manage to convince everyone on and off the track; F1, teams, drivers, fans, etc.
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