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F1 confirms Sprint venues for 2023

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09/12/2022

F1 has officially confirmed the six venues that will host Sprint events in 2023.

According to F1 the selection of the events came following research to calculate the most suitable tracks for the format including overtaking opportunities, close racing and high-speed sections.

This will ensure competitive on-track action for fans across all three days of the race weekend at the selected Grands Prix.

As previously reported, the Sprints will be held at Azerbaijan, Austrian, Belgian, Brazilian, Austin and Qatar events.

According to today's release: "The Sprint format has been successful in engaging fans and increasing audience sizes. We have seen the event generating significantly higher viewership than equivalent events where qualifying replaced the usual practice sessions on a Friday. Audience was 7.8m (+39% vs Austrian GP 2021 Qualifying) across the 23 markets and performed +8% vs qualifying average of 2022."

"We have seen a hugely positive reaction to the F1 Sprint events during the first two years of its running," said Stefano Domenicali, "and we can't wait to bring even more action to fans with six events next year, including our first US F1 Sprint in Austin.

"The introduction of the F1 Sprint has created a race weekend that includes three days of competitive racing action and brings more entertainment to fans of the sport as well as additional value for key stakeholders including teams, broadcasters, partners, and host venues."

"Following strong collaboration between the FIA and FOM, and the approval of the World Motor Sport Council, we are pleased to reveal the six events for Sprints for the 2023 season," added Mohammed Ben Sulayem. "We look forward to this exciting addition to the calendar."

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1. Posted by kenji, 10/12/2022 2:43

"@ KKK...Sorry but I somehow missed your response. You say that the 'sprint' breaks down the 'core' of F1? The three practice sessions currently in fashion were only introduced in 2006....hardly the 'core' of F1 seeing as the F1 series has been going since 1950, or some 72 years or so. As to the comment re exacerbation of engine/gearbox life....any facts to support that assumption? For example Silverstone sprint was 17 laps long...average laps covered in Abu Dhabi FP3 by top three drivers/teams was 17 laps. True that performance modes would've been greater in the sprint but current engines would cope with that and nothing would change from normal race modes anyway. My guess is that some people just don't like the status quo to be altered and that's fine, we all have opinions and are free to state them. I just believe that we live in a dynamic state and change, good or bad, is part of that state. As I said earlier...given the option I'll take the sprint any day after considering the alternative same old same old."

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2. Posted by kenji, 09/12/2022 13:19

"@ Anthony...consider this. Let's say you were unaware of sprint races taking place at those three of your preferred races and on the day you watched these races unaaware of what activity preceded it. What would you take away from the experience? Would you say that 'hey, those races have been spoilt by something. I don't know what it was but they didn't live up to my expectations'!!! Hypotheticals are just that. If you are true follower of F1 racing competition than all races are welcome. Some may be exciting some may be dull but FP3 is as dull as it gets. Sprints are still 'races' and that is what I have followed for over 60 years with varying degrees of love and loathing but given the choice i'll stick with the sprints as added value. "

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3. Posted by Anthony, 08/12/2022 21:18

"Three of my top 5 races are Austria, Belgium and Brazil. Now all are going to be spoilt by having sprint races…."

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4. Posted by Chester, 08/12/2022 19:16

"@rambler agree.
@forza minardi. Totally agree. We are held hostage by the Sprint race if we care at all about the Sunday race.
Since I live in Austin, I will have to see what the Sunday race will be like on Friday, thus stealing a fair amount of the joy. I am pissed.
@elsiebc. They picked Austin because they can increase Friday attendance (Austin holds the record for weekend attendance). These jokers are going to kill the golden goose."

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5. Posted by KKK, 08/12/2022 9:41

"@kenji I prefer by far FP3 all because its part of the core of F1 and the sprint races just add to breaking down of engines and gearboxes which in turn will add grid penalties. Why change something that works perfectly just for the sake of the viewing figures ? "

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6. Posted by elsiebc, 08/12/2022 4:10

"@kenji I'll go one step further... let's get rid of FP2 and have another Sprint. They've already shown that after one free practice they can quali and race so why not have FP and Quali on Friday and Sprints 1 and 2 on Saturday. Then on Sunday they can still have a race and just call it the Prix because by then it will be so watered down there will be nothing grand about it."

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7. Posted by kenji, 08/12/2022 0:04

"@ KKK...seeing as I appear to be the lone, solitary supporter of the Sprints on this site could you possibly answer for me one simple question....faced with a choice of FP3 or a 'sprint' what is it about the former that you prefer? "

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8. Posted by KKK, 07/12/2022 21:35

"I've just had a fabulous idea! Why nit have a sprint race at every GP weekend, then shorten Sundays race so, hey presto, we have 2 races!"

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9. Posted by KKK, 07/12/2022 17:56

"I said it before and I will say it again.
A total waste of time and money and it hasnt "spiced up" the show at all.
Get rid of them , please, there is no need to have them"

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10. Posted by elsiebc, 07/12/2022 15:49

"Why are "overtaking opportunities, close racing and high-speed sections" important for the Sprints? I guess they use different metrics to decide where and where not to hold a Grand Prix... like money."

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11. Posted by Forza Minardi, 07/12/2022 13:38

"They deliberately miss the point. The audience is up for sprints over practice because it has a direct bearing on the Grand Prix on Sunday. I can’t stand the sprint format but I watch it because of how it impacts the weekend as a whole - not because I enjoy it. "

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12. Posted by rambler, 07/12/2022 13:02

"Lies, dam lies and statistics;) Have to say I haven't met anyone who likes the sprint. What part did the covid lock downs play in these results? Hardly like with like is it? "

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