Formula 1 announced on Wednesday the circuits chosen for the six sprint races of the 2023 season. These events will take place in Azerbaijan, Austria, Belgium, the United States, Qatar and Brazil. Imola, which hosted this event in 2022, has been ruled out.
It has to be noted that this figure is double the number of the events held in the first two years of this novel format.
Austria and Brazil had already been selected for sprint races in the past, with the other four (Baku, Spa, Losail and Austin) are new in this section.
Free Practice 1 and Qualifying will take place on Friday. The times will determine the grid for the Sprint race. Free Practice 2 and the sprint race will take place on Sunday and points will be distributed to the first eight to define Sunday’s grid.
Fans enjoyed the format
Formula 1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali has stressed that F1 fans have enjoyed this new format and welcomed the introduction for more sprint races.
“We have seen a hugely positive reaction to the F1 Sprint events during the first two years of its running, and we can’t wait to bring even more action to fans with six events next year, including our first US F1 Sprint in Austin,” he said.
“The introduction of the F1 Sprint has created a race weekend that includes three days of competitive racing action and brings more entertainment to fans of the sport as well as additional value for key stakeholders including teams, broadcasters, partners, and host venues.”
The six sprint race venues for 2023 are:
- Azerbaijan: Baku Circuit (April 28-30)
- Austria: Red Bull Ring (June 30-July 2)
- Belgium: Spa-Francorchamps Circuit (July 28-30)
- Qatar: Losail International Circuit (6-8 October)
- USA: Circuit of the Americas (October 20-22)
- Brazil: Interlagos (November 3-5)
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