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Formula 1 Running 3 Sprint Events in 2022

Formula 1 will hold three F1 Sprint events in 2022, it announced Feb. 14.

F1 Sprint was introduced last season, involving a 100-kilometer dash that set the starting grid for the Grand Prix on Sundays

The three events will be held at the Emilia Romagna, Austrian and Sao Paulo grands prix.

“Following a review of the three Sprint events that took place in 2021 and a recognition by all that the format created positive benefits for the sport, three Sprint events were proposed for 2022, acknowledging this as a sensible number in light of the pressures already on the teams for this season with the introduction of major changes to the regulations,” an F1 spokesperson said in a statement. “The Commission unanimously approved the three Sprint events for the coming season, incorporating a number of updates to the format based on the feedback of fans, media and teams.”

Additionally, the points system for the Sprints have changed. In 2021, the top three finishers received points. Now, the top eight drivers will score points, with the first-place finisher scoring eight points, down to the eighth-place driver scoring one point.

Qualifying will determine the Sprint lineups, with the Friday qualifying session giving the fastest qualifier pole position. The Sprint results will determine the grid for Sunday’s grand prix.

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Tom B

I like the Sprint Events. More action, less time. Now if they can just keep those broadcasters from beating the name of this Event/Race to death.

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