From Germany, Sprint 2023: Baku, Spa, Austin and Qatar join – Formula 1

From Germany, Sprint 2023: Baku, Spa, Austin and Qatar join – Formula 1

From the 2021 season the sprint races they began to appear on the Formula 1 world championship calendar, immediately arousing mixed reactions among enthusiasts and insiders. The same drivers, led by two-time world champion Max Verstappen, expressed more than one perplexity about the structure of the short race, the final result of which determines the starting grid for Sunday’s race. This aspect could change next season, with F1 which is concretely thinking about the hypothesis of releasing Sprint from the ‘traditional’ GP, with the aim of encourage pilots to do more battle.

While discussing what the format could be, however, there is already one certainty: in 2023, in fact, the number of short races will double, passing from three to six. The German site Auto Motor und Sport indicated those who, according to their indiscretions, could be the new ‘chosen’ for this type of event, the spectacular nature of which is closely linked to the type of track. Of the three Sprints seen this year, two should be confirmed – Austria and Brazil – while the third – Imola – should be excluded.

There are four new entries: Baku – whose very fast street circuit has become synonymous with ‘crazy’ races over the years – and then Austin, Losail – which will return to the calendar permanently after the 2021 ‘appearance’ – e Spa-Francorchamps. Above all, the possibility of having a double race on the Belgian track – one of the most loved by all riders and fans – would arouse no small amount of curiosity. The unusual thing, however, would be the number of laps to go, which would be extremely low given the length of the track that develops in the Ardennes: in fact, the track measures about 7 km and the Sprint race would therefore be around 14-15 laps.


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