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FORMULA ONE will again hold six sprint weekends in 2024 with discussions ongoing about potential tweaks to the format.
The sprint weekends will be at the returning Chinese Grand Prix followed by races in Miami, Austria, Austin, Brazil and Qatar.
A number of drivers and team principals, including Red Bull boss Christian Horner, have called for changes to the sprint format.
It is likely that qualifying for the sprint will return to being held on Friday ahead of the sprint race on Saturday, which will be followed by qualifying for Sunday’s grand prix.
Other options may be considered to shake up the format, with changes to rules over parc ferme conditions, where alterations to the car are prohibited, and even a move to reverse part of the grid order for the sprint among possible options.
F1 bosses are keen to retain the sprint and believe having meaningful action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of a grand prix weekend bring benefits for TV audiences and fans in attendance.
A decision on how the sprint format will look next season is likely to be made in January.
Speaking in November, Horner said: “I think it’s clear that the sprint needs to evolve a bit. I can understand the concept and it being action on all three days, which for the promoter and for the fans has an interest.
“But I think the sprints in some cases have been slightly underwhelming — there’s no pit stop, it tends to stay in grid order and it’s a little bit like getting a medal for a long run.
“I think there can be a little bit more racing introduced, but then you’ve got to look at the consequences of that, if you were to reverse the grid, if there were points involved etc, etc.”
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