The FIA World Motor Sport Council has today, 27 September, approved by e-vote an increase in the number of Events featuring Sprint sessions in the FIA Formula One World Championship from three to six from the 2023 season onwards.

Sprint sessions, which were first introduced in 2021, have been a popular update to the Formula 1 weekend format across a selection of carefully chosen events, providing fans with the additional excitement of the Qualifying session taking place on Friday, and a Sprint on Saturday to set the grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix.

With the regulatory framework now in place to allow for the additional Sprint sessions, confirmation of the specific Events at which they will take place will follow in due course.

FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem said:
FIA approves 3 additional Sprints for next 2023 F1 season

Frederic Vasseur, Team Principal of Alfa Romeo F1 Team and Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the FIA (Photo Antonin Vincent / DPPI)

“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.

Thanks to close collaboration with Stefano Domenicali and our colleagues at FOM, we concluded a thorough analysis on the impact of additional Sprint sessions, and have adjusted relevant parameters of our work to ensure that they continue to be regulated at the very highest level. 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.”

Formula 1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali said:

"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.

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.”

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4 F1 Fan comments on “FIA approves 3 additional Sprints for next 2023 F1 season

  1. Carl

    Zero sprint races
    Or at least use a format that makes sense if you need to have them
    Run rookie drivers and or driver academy drivers and have the constructors points count towards the regular table
    And run a rookie championship within those 3 to 6 races or whatever number they come up with
    That should be enough to get some attention and the media talking
    Instead of the meaningless current format
    They will be able to run drivers from the lower formula as well F2 F3 Fw should all or any merit it via table results etc.

  2. Jere Jyrälä

    So 24 events/races & 6 Sprints.
    Furthermore, I wouldn't mind Domenicali’s alternative weekend format suggestions.
    The 18 non-Sprint events would also have more than a single points-paying competitive session, with the present FP1 possibly the only non-competitive session.

  3. Carl

    Have to disagree that the as is sprint formula is acceptable
    It is utterly meaningless and devoid of any understanding from any sporting or entertainment point of view
    Especially as whatever SD is proposing is entirely unknown and just some speculative helium balloon of an idea that none of us have a clue as to what his specific intentions might be
    I don't care to watch sprint format as is
    It as if someone said after a group drivers breakfast on Saturday...if no ones busy later lets have a pick up race for fun after lunch since they canceled qualifying
    And everyone said yeah sure I'm free I'll talk to our mechanics and get it organized
    There has to be more meaning
    FP1 FP2 FP3 Qualifing Races all have known meaning to us and are ingrained its anticipation and delight to whatever degree you please
    They made this haphazard change to satisfy 📺 TV viewers especially of the net flix variety
    Fine it satisfies them but they missed the boat on the majority of F1 supporters by virtue of their attention to their growth population
    If this is what it takes F1 to move forward I don't want it
    My suggestion is already noted and fulfills many criteria unlike the current format


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