Six F1 Sprint events in 2024 with two new venues

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Formula 1 has announced the six venues to host Sprint races in the 2024 season.

Six tracks will run the alternative format next season, the same number as 2023.

The first Sprint will run in April at the return of the Chinese Grand Prix after a four-year absence from the calendar.

Miami hosts the second Sprint before the event travels to Europe for the first time, in Austria.

Austin, Brazil and Qatar provide the final three Sprints of the season.

President and CEO of Formula 1 Stefano Domenicali said: “I am delighted to announce six exciting venues for next season’s F1 Sprint events, including two new hosts, China and Miami, both of which will be fantastic additions and provide great racing for all our fans at the race and watching at home.

“Since its creation in 2021, Sprint has consistently delivered increased audiences on TV, more on-track entertainment for the fans at events and increased fan engagement on social and digital platforms, and we are looking forward to the exciting events next year.”

The Sprint format, introduced in 2021, has received mixed reviews from the F1 paddock.

The 100km race provides little reward compared to the Grand Prix, with just eight points available for the winner.

The format has been tweaked over its brief history. Qualifying for the Grand Prix was moved to Friday, with the Sprint a separate entity on Saturday.

The 100km Sprint Race itself now has no bearing on the grid for Sunday’s primary race.

Three-time F1 world champion has been particularly outspoken about his dislike for Sprint weekends.

“Just a normal race weekend, please. Thank you. I’m not interested in any change. I don’t like it,” said the Dutchman.

Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the FIA, said: “I’m pleased to confirm the six Sprint events for next season and am looking forward to the return of four host venues that have provided some thrilling action in the Sprints this year.

“The addition of Shanghai will be a challenge for the teams and drivers as Formula 1 heads back to China for the first time since 2019, while a Sprint in Miami will add a new dimension to an enthralling weekend.

“We must continuously develop and adapt to ensure we are doing what is best for the sport, and as such, we are working with FOM and the teams to define the future direction of the Sprint format.” 

Two new venues are hosting Sprint events, with China and Miami making their debut.

The Sprint format is likely to change in 2024 with the potential for a single practice session and qualifying moving back to its traditional Saturday afternoon slot.

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