Sprint in 2022: what has changed?

On Saturday, Imola will host the first of three scheduled sprint races, but this format has undergone some changes in 2022.

In 2021, qualifying sprints were held at Silverstone, Monza and Sao Paulo, with the start order determined by the Friday qualification, followed by a 100 km sprint on Saturday, which formed the Grand Prix starting field.

The sprint experiment was considered a success, and the Formula 1 leadership proposed six such weekends in 2022, including in Bahrain, but not all teams supported this idea. It was understandable that those opposed were pushing for an increase in additional payments related to sprints, since each such race increases the risk that cars could get damaged, and in conditions of limited budgets, this can be a serious problem.

As a result, a compromise was found, in the calendar of the new season there were three such Saturday races, and they will be held in Imola, in Austria and in Brazil.

But at the same time, the scoring system has changed, which will increase the value of sprint races. Last year, according to the results of the Saturday race, additional points were awarded to the top three riders, and this year – to the top eight.

The winner of the sprint will receive 8 points, the runner-up will receive 7, and so on down. The one who crosses the finish line eighth will get one bonus point. In general, now everyone will have something to fight for.

In addition, the confusion with pole positions has been eliminated: now the winner of the Friday qualification will be considered the winner of the pole position, and his achievement will be registered in the official statistics. Last year, the winner of the qualifying sprint became such a driver.

But, of course, on Sunday, the car of this driver will be in the first position of the starting field.

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