The F1 Sprint Race – what is it?

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The F1 Sprint Race

As an opportunity to add further entertainment over a race weekend, F1 trialled a sprint format in 2021 and cemented them as a fixture in 2022. Sprints are designed to create more racing action and change up the grid ahead of Sunday with an extra, shortened race on Saturday.

This has been tweaked for 2023.

This exciting F1 Sprint Race is one-third race distance, with the top eight finishers earning points toward their championship standing. No fastest lap points are awarded.

Traditional qualifying, normally held on a Saturday, takes the place of FP2 on Friday, forming the grid for Sunday’s Race. The sprint replaces the Saturday Qualifying, and the grid is set by the new SPRINT SHOOTOUT held on Saturday morning. 

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