FIA announces sprint races schedule with more points on offer and revised pole position format

FIA continuous surge to make the sport more exciting and retain their fan-base

FIA, Michael Masi
FIA, Michael Masi

FIA has approved the plans to bring about F1 sprint weekends at three more Grand Prix weekends at Imola, the Red Bull Ring and Interlagos – in 2022. This new concept of F1 sprint weekends is as new as last year when it was rolled out for the fast time.

F1 sprints include a 100km sprint with each lasting for a period of around 25-30 minutes. That would in turn decide the grid positions for the final race that will take place on Sunday. But that shall not remain the same in this upcoming season.

There has been a continuous surge to make the races as well as the qualifying more exciting. In order to do that, the point system has been tweaked, which would result in the first eight drivers scoring the points, which were previously awarded to the first three drivers.

The major change has taken place in deciding the pole position for the race during the sprint weekends as posted on Twitter. It has been decided that the driver who will finish first in the qualifying session during the sprint weekends, will be awarded the pole position in the final which was decided during the sprint races.

FIA continuous surge to make the sport more exciting and retain their fan-base

Formula1 Sprint
Formula1 Sprint

Whereas qualifying shall continue to decide the lineups for F1 sprint and the the result of the Sprint forming the line-up for the start of Sunday’s Grand Prix.

“Following a review of the three Sprint events that took place in 2021 and a recognition by all that the format created positive benefits for the sport, three Sprint events were proposed for 2022, acknowledging this as a sensible number in light of the pressures already on the teams for this season with the introduction of major changes to the regulations,” an FIA statement said.

Although these changes await the ratification by the World Motor sport council, these changes clearly express the intentions of the FIA. We can agree that this will make it exciting for the fans but at the same time it will be more confusing for a person who has just starting the sport. Let’s see how this pans out.

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