Formula 1 is preparing to change the speedway system for 2024

Formula 1 is preparing to change the speedway system for 2024

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – The Formula One World Championship is scheduled to change the system of speed racing for 2024 after supporting teams and stakeholders to make it easier to follow the weekends.

The FIA ​​said on Friday that its sports advisory committee will submit a final proposal to the Formula One Commission in January.

“The Commission has provided comprehensive support for the modernization of the sprint racing system for 2024 in order to further rationalize the weekend by separating sprint racing activities from those of the Grand Prix,” the FIA ​​said in a statement.

“The final calendar of 2024 Sprint events will be published in the coming weeks.”

Six of this year’s 22 rounds were weekends, including the Qatar Grand Prix in which Red Bull’s Max Verstappen clinched his third world title on Saturday.

The teams are discussing moving the qualifying ‘shootout’ to Friday, with the 100km race being held on Saturday morning before qualifying for the main Grand Prix on Sunday.

The current format is a qualifying Grand Prix on Friday with sprint qualifiers and an independent race to fill out the Saturday schedule.

“I think it’s clear that speed racing needs to improve a little bit,” Red Bull boss Christian Horner told reporters.

“The sprints in some cases have been a bit disappointing. There is no stopping point, they tend to stay in the grid order and it is a bit like getting a medal over the long distance.

“I think it needs more work within the Sports Forum and then we will no doubt sit down at the next committee meeting early in the new year and hopefully finalize the format.”

Points could be awarded more widely for the sprint race, with a reverse grid element also being considered.

The Formula One committee has agreed to keep the tire covers through the 2025 season and approved updates to technical regulations that allow for increased driver cooling in the car after the heat and humidity in Qatar caused driver safety concerns.

It was also agreed that teams would not be allowed to carry out development work on 2,026 cars before the start of the 2025 season.

Formula One introduces a new engine in 2026.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, Editing by Ed Osmond

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