Formula 1 wants to distribute more points in the sprint races next season, and they hope to hold six tests in 2022.
Sprint races, or qualifying races, as Formula 1 prefers to call it , debuted in the 2021 season with many unknowns. They were born from the intention of eliminating free practice time and adding kilometers of real competition.
The first test took place at Silverstone, with some exciting moments, such as the departure of Fernando Alonso or the off-track of Sergio Pérez , but in the rest of the session there was not much action.
The second sprint race was held in Monza , and some drivers and teams were already opposed to that format. However, F1 will hold a third qualifying race at the Brazilian Grand Prix .
The senior managers of the category have seen that the amount of points distributed in this session is insufficient to motivate overtaking, and they want to increase the reward for the new format to succeed.
While a decision is made together with the FIA and the teams for 2022, Liberty Media is working on what they could modify for next season.
F1 sporting director Ross Brawn has reiterated that the goal for next year is to run six of these races, and that all promoters have expressed interest in hosting one.
A decision has yet to be made on which circuits will host sprint races, but they are likely to be spread evenly across the calendar.
Despite the rumors about dates with only races of this type, or with inverted grills, Brawn has been clear and has stated that there will only be one evolution by 2022 . The modification will include a change in the points system, the award of pole position and the name of the session.
There are also questions about how the cars will respond to the new regulations , which are expected to increase the number of overtaking and battles on the track. That’s why Brawn thinks it’s best to check how the cars perform before making any major changes to the system.
“In principle we have agreed with the teams that we will do six of these races next year. There is a lot to solve before, and it will be something progressive, not a radical change ,” said Brawn.
“This is because we have a new car and we need to see how it develops. We need to see the impact of the car, so we have been quite conservative for 2022 , but we are optimistic about the concept and we are very happy that F1 has gone. daring with this new racing format.”
Although F1 has not changed radically, the British manager indicated that there are some things to review, such as offering more points.
“We are talking with the teams to see how we can make Saturday more exciting and challenging. I am positive and I think the new cars will help because of their ability to allow fights on the track. We are also studying to deliver more points on Saturday and that motivation on Saturdays. be older, “he said.
“I think inverted grills would be exciting, but I think that’s going a step further . However, there are things to discuss on the table.”
On Friday’s qualifying, Brawn said: “That the pole position is not delivered on Friday has not been well received, so we also need to review it.”
“The name of ‘qualifying race’ has been changed among the public to ‘race’, without more, so it is something that we will modify,” he reported.
F1 agreed to award points to the top three finishers in these sprint races (3-2-1 points), and Brawn said the system will change: “Maybe Saturday’s point distribution will make the drivers compete more. We proposed that they get a third of the normal points in sprint races , that was the initial proposition, which was not accepted because we needed to see what these races were like before.