The Sprint race was a novelty in Formula 1 in the busy 2021 season, as it debuted a new course at the weekend, with a qualifying race, which in addition to setting the grid also gives championship points. Now the sprint is back in 2022 with updates and calendar changes.
How does F1 Sprint Race work?
The sprint race is a weekend session similar to the regular race that takes place on Saturdays to set the Sunday grid. Contrary to the popular classification, it is not the best time that determines the first place, but who finishes first.
The grid is set for Friday’s sprint, with a joint qualifying session. In it, yes, the fastest time to start in first place is a Saturday valid.
In 2021, the sprint race was tested at Silverstone, UK, Monza, Italy, and Interlagos, Brazil. Last season, the points were distributed to the first three places, with three points for the winner, two points for the second and one point for the third place.
What are the changes for the 2022 qualifying race?
Formula 1 announced earlier this year that sprint races this season will be different. Organization is still It is a calendar of six qualifying racesbut was rejected due to the possible physical and economic wear and tear of year with more steps.
Thus, the number of qualifying races remains the same, with three races throughout the season. However, the lanes and the amount of points distributed during that session have changed.
Unlike in 2021, the tracks that will host the sprint in 2022 will be Omola, in Emilia-Romagna, Red Bull Ring in Austria, and again Interlagos in Brazil. For the score, there will be eight points for the leader, seven points for the second, and so on until the eighth place. The nomenclature has also changed: the first place goes to whoever sets the fastest time on Friday.
The score change puts more weight on Saturday’s sprint races, where the session winner’s score is greater than the gap between the leader and second place in the main race. So the importance of doing good, or containing harm, on the Sabbath is even greater.
In the 2021 season, Max Verstappen won the sprint sessions at Silverstone and Monza (the last after a penalty by Valtteri Bottas), while Bottas won at Interlagos. The weekend in Italy begins on Friday, the 22nd, with free practice at 08:30 and classic classification from 12:00 Brasilia time. The sprint race starts on Saturday 23rd and is scheduled to start at 11:30 AM. The main race is Sunday 24th at 10am.
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