The FIA have announced they will be increasing the number of sprint sessions in the racing calendar from 2023 and beyond. The events have received a mixed response, with Max Verstappen openly admitting that he isn’t a fan of the races.
There are currently three sprint events in the racing calendar, though that number will now double to six. The 100km races were introduced last year, leading to three-day race events due to qualifying being forced to move to Friday.
Formula 1 President 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.” However, Verstappen is one of the drivers who has voiced a negative opinion on the format previously.
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