The Formula One Commission has approved plans to host the F1 Sprint format at three Grand Prix weekends in 2022, at Imola, Red Bull Ring, and Interlagos. The Bahrain Grand Prix will kick off the Formula One season on March 18-20. The scoring system has been altered such that only the top eight drivers now receive points. Following conversations with all main parties, including the governing body, the FIA, and all teams, an agreement has been reached to organise events in the Emilia Romagna, Austrian, and Sao Paulo Grands Prix.
Qualifying will continue on Saturday, with the Sprint results deciding the starting line-up for Sunday’s Grand Prix. “Following a review of the three Sprint events that took place in 2021 and a recognition by all that the format created positive benefits for the sport”, an FIA statement said. The suggested amendments must be approved by the World Motor Sport Council.