Formula One has confirmed the locations of the six sprint races which will form part of the 2024 calendar, with China and Miami adding the events to their race weekends.
As in 2023, the Grands Prix in Austria, Brazil and Qatar, as well as the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, will stage editions of the Saturday sprint races.
The events in Azerbaijan and Belgium will revert to the regular format, with Miami and China – which will return to the schedule for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic – hosting the additional two events.
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Talks are ongoing regarding potential changes to the sprint race format, with final proposals for any alterations due to be submitted in January.
It’s thought likely that the schedule of sprint race weekends will be changed, bringing sprint qualifying forward to Fridays and allowing the sprint races themselves to occupy the first Saturday session.
Changes to allow setup tweaks to cars between the sprint races and Saturday qualifying could also be proposed, with F1’s current parc-ferme regulations currently barring significant alterations after the Friday practice session.
More radical ideas such as a reverse grid for sprint races – which has been endorsed by Red Bull team principal Christian Horner – also remain up for discussion.
The 2024 F1 season will begin with the Bahrain Grand Prix between February 29 and March 2, with the year’s first sprint race taking place on the fifth weekend, when F1 returns to Shanghai for the first time since 2019.
Introducing the 2024 #F1Sprint Calendar! 👊
— Formula 1 (@F1) December 5, 2023