Components 1 has revealed the six dash race venues for the 2023 season – with 4 tracks staging the Saturday sprint for the primary time.
F1 introduced in September that the variety of dash races subsequent 12 months could be doubled from three to 6 with the 100km race – which units the grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix – proving well-liked with nearly all of followers and drivers.
The 2023 race weekends on which these shall be happening have now been confirmed:
- Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku (28-30 April)
- Austrian Grand Prix, Pink Bull Ring (30 June-2 July)
- Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps (28-30 July)
- Qatar Grand Prix, Losail (6-8 October)
- United States Grand Prix, Austin (20-22 October)
- Brazilian Grand Prix, Interlagos (3-5 November)
Whereas 4 tracks – Baku, Spa-Francorchamps, Losail and Austin – will maintain a dash race for the primary time, Interlagos holds a Saturday sprint for the third 12 months working whereas the Pink Bull Ring additionally held a dash in 2022.
F1 added that there shall be no adjustments to the format of the dash from 2022 however discussions are ongoing about what could possibly be tailored for the long run.
In 2022, there have been factors on provide for the top-eight within the 25-30 minute race – from eight factors down to 1 – with the outcome figuring out the beginning grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix.
The rise in dash occasions implies that the shortened race shall be current at 25% of Grand Prix weekends throughout 2023’s document 24-race calendar if F1 replaces the cancelled Chinese language Grand Prix with one other race.
The dash was held at Silverstone, Monza and Interlagos in 2021, with the Brazilian venue additionally holding the sprint in 2022 together with Imola and Pink Bull Ring.
F1 president Stefano Domenicali stated: “We’ve got seen a vastly optimistic response to the F1 Dash occasions through the first two years of its working, and we are able to’t wait to deliver much more motion to followers with six occasions subsequent 12 months, together with our first US F1 Dash in Austin.
“The introduction of the F1 Dash has created a race weekend that features three days of aggressive racing motion and brings extra leisure to followers of the game in addition to further worth for key stakeholders together with groups, broadcasters, companions and host venues.”
Whereas most have backed the introduction of the dash race, one notable anamoly has been two-time world champion Max Verstappen, who believes that drivers are unwilling to take dangers within the shortened Saturday race, given it units the grid for Sunday.
“Each time I do these [sprint] races, it’s about ‘don’t get harm, ensure you keep within the high three,’” stated Verstappen, forward of the ultimate 2022 dash of the season in Brazil final month.
“For me, that’s probably not a race, since you go into the primary race and you understand there are far more factors accessible anyway, you simply threat a bit extra there.
“You do one other begin, which is thrilling, but it surely’s solely actually people who find themselves out of place that transfer ahead as a result of solely you set a tyre on that simply lasts an entire stint and never a lot occurs.”
Dash races change the schedule of the general Grand Prix weekend, with qualifying happening on Friday afternoon after first apply. Second apply then takes place on Saturday earlier than the dash race with the same old Grand Prix on Sunday.