Are there Formula 1 sprint races in 2022?
When sprint races were introduced as part of formula one racing, I had my reservations. I did not know what to expect. Millions of fans across the world had different expectations as well.
To a great extent, the sprint format has been successful.
Like everything else new, it has some challenges, including the awarding of points.
Another issue was on the pole position. The winner of the sprint race was not the automatic pole driver on Sunday’s main race.
It was a bit confusing.
I do not know about you, but I was looking forward to a decision on where F1 sprint races would be hosted in 2022.
Venues of F1 Sprint Races in 2022.
In 2022, Formula 1 will have three sprint races. They will be hosted at the following venues;
- Imola GP in April.
- Austrian GP in July.
- Brazilian GP in November.
These will be the sprint qualifying races, with points being awarded to the top eight drivers instead of the three as was the case in 2021.
F1 Sprint Races in 2022.
Sprint Racing Point System Expanded
As mentioned above, the sprint race point system has been changed.
It has been expanded to include top eight drivers. Points will be awarded on a sliding scale as follows;
- – 8 points.
- – 7 points.
- – 6 points.
- – 5 points.
- – 4 points.
- – 3 points.
- – 2 points.
- – 1 point.
The earlier version included 3-2-1 points to only the top three drivers.
Now, those drivers who finish in top 8 positions will be rewarded with points.
This increases the value of the sprint races. Drivers now have an opportunity to increase their point tally for drivers’ championship.
In conclusion, it is worth noting that the cost cap adjustments for sprint events in 2022 will not change.
This is according to FIA.
It is expected that the costs shall remain as they were in 2021.
You would expect that teams had concerns over this particular issue.
The three sprint races are going to add into an already packed F1 calendar in 2022.
It will be interesting to watch how teams will cope with this workload.
Given how the sprint races spiced up racing in 2021, maybe this year will equally be interesting.
It was good to witness Lewis Hamilton’s comeback in Brazil during the sprint race in 2021. This followed a penalty issued to him for a technical violation.
According to the statement from FIA, the format of the sprint races was based on feedback from fans, teams and the media.
It will be interesting to see how this unfolds over the year and seasons.