F1 announce sprint race format update for 2024 season

F1 sprint weekends will take a different form in 2024


Formula 1 revealed there will be an update to the sprint race format for the 2024 season that will further separate it from Grand Prix running.

The FIA Formula 1 Commission met at the 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, led by Stefano Domenicali and Nikolas Tombazis and the sprint format was top of the agenda, as they announced the 2024 sprint calendar will be released in a matter of weeks.

The exact nature of the future sprint format remains unconfirmed, but it appears F1 is acting on teams’ complaints that parc ferme has applied at the start of the sprint shootout on Friday evening, blocking them from setup changes for grand prix qualifying.

“The Commission gave overall support for an update to the Sprint Format for 2024 to further rationalise the weekend by separating Sprint activities from those for the Grand Prix,” an F1 media statement said. “The final calendar for the 2024 Sprint events will be published in the coming weeks.

“The Sporting Advisory Committee will work through specific details, particularly regarding timing and the parc ferme regulations, for a final proposal to be presented to the F1 Commission for the first meeting of 2024.”

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after winning 2022 Austrian Grand Prix sprint race | REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Alternative Tyre Allocation qualifying scrapped

The Commission also announced F1 would stick with 13 sets of dry tyres over race weekends going forwards after two Alternative Qualifying Allocation trials in 2023.

The format gave a set tyre for each phase of qualifying and did produce some exciting Saturdays, but also earned criticism from sections of the paddock.

After the death of Dilano van ‘t Hoff in a Formula Regional race at Spa in July, F1 has been testing spray covers with one trial run at Silverstone involving McLaren and Mercedes.

However, it looks like they won’t be arriving at grand prix weekends any time soon, with another test set for spring 2024.

“The Commission members acknowledged the importance of this project, and a further test will take place in spring of 2024,” the Commission added.

“The test will use a cover design that completely envelopes the tyre, in order to establish a proof of concept for the wheel cover with these cars and help define the future direction of the project.”

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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