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Formula 1 Announces New Sprint Race Venues As Talks Over 2024 Season Changes Continues
- The 2024 Formula 1 season is on the horizon
- A few changes are being speculated ahead of the season
- The sport's governing body have made a change to the 2024 Sprint race
The upcoming 2024 Formula 1 season is fast approaching, and the sport’s governing body are diligently working to ensure a seamless and enjoyable racing experience for every driver on the grid and stakeholders in the paddock.
The Sprint race format, which became a contentious topic throughout the 2023 season, is undergoing adjustments in response to feedback from drivers and team principals.
Amid concerns raised during the previous season, the F1 governing body has initiated changes to the Sprint races.
F1 announces 2024 Sprint race change
The 2024 Formula 1 season, which is set to feature the highest number of races in F1 history, including the return of the Chinese Grand Prix, will incorporate six Sprint races. Notably, modifications have been made to the circuit locations for these events.
In contrast to the previous season's Sprint races held in Baku, Belgium, Qatar, COTA in the USA, Austria GP, and Brazil, the 2024 Sprint races will now include the Chinese Grand Prix and the Miami Grand Prix. This adjustment accompanies the continuation of races at the Qatar GP, COTA, Austria GP, and the Brazilian Grand Prix, according to reports from Sky Sports F1.
Furthermore, discussions are ongoing among F1 teams and stakeholders regarding potential changes to the schedule and format of Sprint weekends. A final proposal is expected to be presented at the next F1 Commission meeting in mid-late January.
One likely alteration for the 2024 season involves adjusting the session schedule for Sprint weekends. The Sprint Shootout, the qualifying session determining the grid for the Sprint, may move to Friday. Subsequently, the 100km Sprint itself and the Qualifying for the Sunday Grand Prix would take place on Saturday.
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Further considerations for 2024 include potential changes to parc-ferme regulations, which currently limit significant car alterations after a single Friday practice session. Additionally, more radical ideas, such as a reverse grid for the Sprint, are still subjects of discussion heading into the New Year, as reported by Motorsport.com.
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Perez discloses his 2024 ambitions
Sports Brief also previously reported on Red Bull's Sergio Perez disclosing his 2024 ambitions for Formula 1 next season.
The 33-year-old aims to leave the setbacks of the previous season behind and set his focus on the upcoming race events.
During a media interaction in Abu Dhabi, the Mexican highlighted his desire to win a maiden world championship with Red Bull.