Domenicali says a 3rd of F1 races may very well be dash format

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LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Formula One could have a document 23 races subsequent yr and a 3rd of them may very well be within the dash format trialled this yr, the game’s chief govt Stefano Domenicali stated on Monday.

The format has been used at Silverstone and Monza this yr, with Brazil’s Interlagos to come back, and options qualifying on Friday for a Saturday 100km race that then decides the beginning grid for Sunday.

Points are awarded for the highest three drivers, in a 3-2-1 system.

Domenicali advised Sky Sports tv that the 2022 season would run from mid-March to mid-November, prone to be the earliest end in a decade, with the calendar on account of be printed later this month.

“We said at the beginning of the year there would be three tests this year to make sure we have the right plan for the future. The vast majority of the comments we received were super positive,” he stated of the dash format.

“Promoters are super happy because there is something new and important on Friday and Saturday and Sunday…generally speaking it has been an incredible success.

“It is one thing we need to preserve for a 3rd of the races, roughly, and to attach with a sure completely different method of giving rewards and factors and to attach with particular circuits,” added the Italian.

Asked whether that could mean seven or eight sprints, he said it was a possibility.

This year is set to feature 22 rounds, still a record, and ends in Abu Dhabi on Dec. 12. There will be new races in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, with Miami coming in from 2022 and Qatar dropping off before starting a 10-year deal in 2023.

Domenicali said Qatar would be a night race, with the venue from 2023 to be decided.

He countered criticism from human rights campaigners of the sport’s embrace of the Middle East, now with four races, saying it could be force for good.

“Sport will assist to boost the positivity and the appropriate values in every nation that we’re going to as a result of the highlight of Formula One is so massive you can’t conceal,” said the former Ferrari boss.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, modifying by Ed Osmond

FILE PHOTO-Formula One F1 - Formula One Press Conference - Losail International Circuit, Doha, Qatar - September 30, 2021 CEO of the Formula One Group, Stefano Domenicali during a press conference to announce that Qatar will host a Formula One Grand Prix for the first time on November 21 REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari