Baku, Spa & Austin among six races selected for F1 Sprint format in 2023

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Formula 1 has confirmed which races will use the Sprint format in 2023.

Next year sees the number of Sprint weekends double from three in 2021 and 2022 to six, starting with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix which moves back to its earlier late-April date.

Austria's Red Bull Ring will hold its second Sprint in early July followed by Belgium at the end of the month.

The fourth takes place at the returning Qatar GP before Austin and Sao Paulo complete the 2023 Sprint line-up.


Formula 1 says the selections come after researching the most suitable circuits to hold the format based on overtaking opportunities, close racing and high-speed sections.

And CEO Stefano Domenicali hopes the Sprint, which has had a love/hate reception from fans, will continue to deliver better action.

“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.

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“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 FIA was initially hesitant about expanding to six Sprint races earlier this year, but President Mohammed ben Sulayem confirmed the change adding...

“Following strong collaboration between the FIA and FOM, and the approval of the World Motor Sport Council, we are pleased to reveal the six events for Sprints for the 2023 season. We look forward to this exciting addition to the calendar.”