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Changes to Formula 1 sprint races confirmed

Formula 1 teams have signed off on changes to the format of sprint race weekends from the 2024 season onwards, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has announced.

Changes to the sport’s sprint races had been proposed in an attempt to heighten the fan experience.

On sprint weekends, Saturdays had previously been designated as sprint-focused days. However, from this season onwards, sprint qualifying will take place on Fridays, with the sprint race preceding qualifying for the main race on Saturdays.

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There will be six sprint races held in 2024, with those taking place in China, Miami, Austria, Brazil and Qatar, as well as at the US Grand Prix in Austin.

The FIA announced the changes had been agreed at Monday’s Formula 1 commission meeting, with the World Motorsport Council (WMSC) due to sign off on the ‘regulatory refinements’ for the new format on February 28.

Changes to parc-ferme regulations, which currently prevent teams from making significant alterations to their cars following Friday’s first practice session, have also been mooted and will likely be on the agenda following Monday’s announcement.

The 2024 Formula 1 season gets under way next month, with the Bahrain Grand Prix taking place on Saturday, March 2.

Harry Carr
Harry Carr
Harry is a freelance sports journalist with experience of working for the Racing Post, Stats Perform, Opta Analyst and more, covering major events across all sports but holding a particular love for the beautiful game.
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