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(Motorsport-Total.com) – Formula 1 will change the format of the weekend three times in the 2022 season and hold a sprint race every Saturday. But how exactly does the so-called Formula 1 race work? Are there points for this? What are the differences between the qualification race for the 2021 season? We answer the most important questions in the topic!

In 2022, Formula 1 will complete three sprint races

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What exactly is a sprint race?
Sprint race is a shortened version of the main race. Both the race distance and the race duration are shorter. Sprint races are not something unusual in motorsports: for example, the direct infrastructure of Formula 1, Formula 2, sprint races have been used for many years.

During this time there were some particularly amazing sprint races. In Bahrain 2017, for example, today’s Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc moved from 14th place to victory within eight laps after an unplanned stop.

In Formula 1, there were sprint races for the first time in 2021, at that time called qualifying races.

Why are there sprint races in Formula 1?
“Spectacle” is the keyword for Formula 1’s drive to deliver on the sprint. So the racing weekend should be complemented with another advantage. Because under the sprint format, there is a highlight for each of the three days: the qualifying on Friday, the sprint on Saturday, and the main race on Sunday.

How many sprints are there in Formula 1 2022 and at which Grand Prix?
Originally, up to six races were scheduled for the 2022 season, but there were no majority for this. Primarily for cost reasons, it was agreed that there would be three more sprint races. They are in the program in Imola, Spielberg and São Paulo.

In 2021, Silverstone, Monza and Sao Paulo held the three sprint races.

Who has won previous Formula 1 races?
Valtteri Bottas is the current F1 record holder with two wins in three races so far. Here is an overview of past winners of the race:

Silverstone 2021: Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
Monza 2021: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
Sao Paulo 2021: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

How can I follow the Formula 1 race at Imola?
The Formula 1 sprint race will take place in Imola on Saturday (23 April) from 4:30pm. Performs at a distance of 21 laps. We provide details on how to follow sprint sprints in German speaking countries via TV, streams, apps or live stream in our extensive TV show. Our weather forecast also provides up-to-date information on the local conditions prevailing in Italy.

Where can I find the result of the Formula 1 race at Imola?
In our results section we present all the Formula 1 results for the weekend race at Imola. There you will also find the sprint result and starting grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix as soon as it becomes available.


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What will the 2022 Formula 1 Sprint races look like?
The qualifying race distance for a Formula 1 race is 100 kilometres. This corresponds to about a third of the usual Grand Prix distance (about 305 kilometres). There is a free choice of tyres. Stops for changing tires are not mandatory, but they are not prohibited either.

What does the points system look like for the 2022 sprint?
After 2021 only points are awarded to the top three according to the 3-2-1 key, much more drivers will get something to count in the 2022 F1 season, i.e. the first eight drivers in the race. The new points system is 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the top 8. These points count towards the Drivers and Builders Championships.

What will sprint racing change in shape for the Grand Prix?
Short answer: nothing. Everything stays the same on Sunday. The only item on the agenda is the main race of 305 kilometres. So the Grand Prix distance remains unchanged. BUT: The changed format necessitates changes to the weekend schedule.

What exactly does a weekend look like with sprint races?
The schedule for the three planned weekends will be slightly different compared to the rest of the events. On Fridays there is one free training session of over 60 minutes.

It does not follow the second free practice, but the traditional qualification with the familiar three parts Q1, Q2, and Q3. This qualification sets the starting grid for a sprint.

As usual, there is a 60-minute practice session on Saturday morning, but instead of qualifying, which took place on Friday, a sprint race follows. The sprint result is crucial to the starting grid on Sunday.

Figure at a glance:
Friday morning: first free practice
Friday afternoon: Qualifiers, results in the starting grid for the sprint
Saturday morning: 2nd free practice
Saturday afternoon: Sprint, gives the start grid for the Grand Prix
Sunday afternoon: Grand Prix

In which unit is the first place awarded: qualification or sprint?
Whoever achieves the best time in qualifying on Friday will take first place in the Formula 1 stats and will finish first on the grid in the sprint race on Saturday. The sprint winner, in turn, takes first place on the grid in Sunday’s Grand Prix. So under sprint coordination, the pole positioner and the driver in pole position on the grid are not necessarily identical in a Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc celebrates in Bahrain 2022 in his Ferrari F1-75

Whoever finishes first in the qualifiers also gets first place in the sprint format Zoom

In 2021, the sprint winner officially took first place in the Grand Prix, which led to a lot of criticism of this approach. Hence, going back to 2022.

Qualification or Sprint: What Determines the Grand Prix Grid?
The starting grid for a Formula 1 race is determined in qualifying. The standings in the race then determines the starting order for the Grand Prix.

What happens if the driver does not finish the sprint?
One thing is clear: the sprint result forms the grid for the Grand Prix. So if you don’t finish the race, you have to start the main race from the back.

If there are multiple retirements in a sprint, the driver who retires first gets last place on the grid in the Grand Prix. The second retirement gets the penultimate starting place and so on.

What happens if the car is damaged in a sprint?
If there is a sprint accident that damages the car, teams can repair the car before the next day’s Grand Prix. However, since Parc ferme regulations apply to race cars from the start of qualifying on Friday afternoon and conversions are no longer allowed, only defective or damaged parts may be replaced with exactly identical parts.

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