F1 workforce bosses are in discussions with the FIA on rising the variety of dash races for subsequent yr.
Mohammed ben Sulayem is but to resolve on sprints for subsequent yr (Picture: GETTY)
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Toto Wolff has defended FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem for desirous to do extra “homework” earlier than rising the variety of sprints in F1. The format was launched to the game final yr with three sprints held at Silverstone, Monza and Interlagos.
The Saturday race proved to be a well-liked addition for followers and drivers additionally appeared to love the brand new format. Final yr, simply three factors had been on provide to whoever received the dash, with second and third choosing up two and one respectively.
That has since been elevated considerably this yr with the dash winner choosing up eight factors and the motive force ending eighth taking one championship level. There are nonetheless simply three sprints on the 2022 calendar, with Interlagos the one monitor to retain the one from final yr. Imola has already hosted the primary dash whereas the second will probably be held on the Purple Bull Ring.
F1 bosses had initially hoped to introduce six sprints for the 2022 season after a number of groups blocked the growth on price grounds. There’s now seemingly an excellent probability of six sprints being launched subsequent yr following a gathering final month, though Ben Sulayem made it clear the FIA had been nonetheless “evaluating the affect” on what that might trigger.
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Imola has already hosted a dash race this season (Picture: GETTY)
The FIA assertion learn: “With the primary of three dash occasions of the 2022 season well-liked with followers and stakeholders final weekend on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Components One and the groups had been supportive of an extension to 6 dash occasions for the 2023 season, operating with the identical format as in 2022. Whereas supporting the precept of an elevated variety of dash occasions, the FIA remains to be evaluating the affect of this proposal on its trackside operations and personnel, and can present its suggestions to the fee.”
Zak Brown was one of many workforce bosses pushing for six sprints scheduled for this yr and feels the FIA ought to “align” themselves extra with F1. However Wolff has defended Ben Sulayem for not speeding right into a last resolution on subsequent yr’s schedule.
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“I believe that scrutiny must be given on the choices we take,” Wolff mentioned. “For Mohammed, it was necessary to listen to the FIA members’ opinion, and he wasn’t towards it, he simply wanted extra time for that call.”
It does seem as if increasingly workforce bosses are coming round to the thought of accelerating the variety of sprints. And Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi believes it’s only a “matter of time” earlier than it’s confirmed.
“It’s good that every one the governing our bodies are ensuring they’re totally aligned – as a result of when you get there, you can not actually pull again,” he mentioned. “So, I believe it’s good that we’re working correctly, we could have a little bit of a debate and a little bit of homework till we get to an alignment, and we simply go for it.”