Six Formula One Grands Prix will feature sprint sessions starting in the 2023 season after the FIA’s governing body on Tuesday approved an increase from three this year.
Sprint races have become very popular with fans since they were introduced last year, with qualifying on Fridays and short sprint races on Saturday setting the starting grid for Sunday’s main race as well as extra points being awarded.
The 2022 season had sprint sessions at the Emilia-Romagna and Austrian Grands Prix, with the final round scheduled to take place at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix. The FIA added that next year’s additions will be confirmed in due course.
“The sprint is three days of action with all the drivers fighting for something from the start on Friday to the main event on Sunday, adding drama and excitement to the weekend,” said F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali.
“Reviews from fans, teams, promoters and partners have been very positive and the format adds a new dimension to Formula 1 and we all want to ensure its success in the future.”
Earlier this year, F1 teams agreed to double the number of sprint races to six in 2023 at a meeting in April before it was sent for approval by the FIA, which was keen to evaluate the proposal.
Azerbaijan’s promoter also stated that they want the Baku Grand Prix to be one of six proposed sprint weekends next season.