F1, Sprint Race: two new features for 2024
The 2024 Sprint Race Calendar Announced
As with what happened in the 2023 season, the 2024 F1 World Championship will also see six Sprint Races on the calendar, with a couple of changes compared to the season that just ended: along with the confirmed dates of Austria, Texas, Brazil and Qatar, China and Miami in fact arrive to take the place of Azerbaijan and Belgium, which nevertheless remain on the calendar with the classic race weekend.
Brazil will host a Sprint race for the fourth time in history, for Austria it will be the third event while for Austin and Lusail it will be the second. The goal of the Circus leadership remains to enrich the racing experience at circuits that favor overtaking, as well as to increase the number of overall events and spectators both in the stands and on TV.
The Sprint Race in China will be run on April 20, in Miami on May 4, in Austria on June 29, in Brazil on Nov. 2 and in Qatar on the 30th of the same month. The format, barring last-minute revisions, remains the same as this year, with dedicated qualifying (the so-called Sprint Shootout) allowing the Sprint event to be detached from the main event, the Sunday Grand Prix.
However, organizers, according to reports on official Circus channels, are working to refine specific details, particularly regarding timing and parc ferme regulations, for a final proposal to be submitted to the F1 Commission for its first meeting in 2024.