Formula 1 will hold six sprint races again next year but the venues of two of the events will change.Spa-Francorchamps and Baku City Circuit, which held sprint races for the first time this year, will not do so again next season.
Instead Shanghai International Circuit and Miami International Autodrome will be hosting sprint races in the fifth and sixth rounds of the championship.
Interlagos will hold a sprint race for the fourth year in a row, the Red Bull Ring will use the format for a third successive season, while Circuit of the Americas and Losail International Circuit will also hold sprint races after doing so for the first time this year. Max Verstappen became 2023 world champion by finishing second in the sprint race at the Qatar Grand Prix, which was the 17th round of 22.
As the 2024 F1 calendar features 24 grands prix, the addition of six sprint events means a record total of 30 F1 races will take place next season.
F1, the FIA and the 10 teams are continuing to discuss potential changes to the sprint race format, which has been revised every year since it was introduced in 2021. A reshuffle of the race weekend order to restore grand prix qualifying to its regular late Saturday slot is already expected to go ahead. This will be achieved by moving the sprint race qualifying session to Friday and holding the sprint race earlier on Saturday.
Further, more radical changes are also under consideration, including reversing part of the starting grid, as is done in Formula 2 and Formula 3.
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