Next year, in 2024, Formula 1 has decided to hold six sprint races in its championship, as reported by Sky Sport. They will be held in Austria, Brazil, Austin, Qatar, China and Miami. For the first time, sprint races will be held in China and Miami, strong places in terms of marketing, this move by F1 will certainly be a hit.
Austria and Brazil will host the sprint races for the third time, while Austin and Qatar will welcome them for the second time. Sprint races won the hearts of the audience in a short time. Formula 1 chairman Stefano Domenicali expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming sprint races, saying: "I am delighted to announce six exciting venues for the sprint races, including two new hosts, China and Miami, which will be a fantastic addition and provide great racing for our fans.
Since its inception, Sprint has been consistent in bringing more viewership, more entertainment and increased fan engagement across social and digital platforms, and we look forward to next year's exciting events."
Sprint races win the crowd
Introduced in 2021 to increase fan engagement, sprint races are 100km events that award points to the top eight finishers.
While some drivers and teams have expressed concerns about the current format, there are ongoing talks about potentially moving qualifying to Friday and holding the sprint race and qualifying for the main Formula 1 race on Saturday.
The Chinese Grand Prix returns to the calendar after a break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the sprint race is scheduled for 19-21. Record attendance is expected, China was one of the most popular F1 destinations even before the pandemic.
The Miami Grand Prix will take place from May 3 to 5, followed by the Austrian Grand Prix from June 28 to 30. The second half of the season will feature three sprints, mirroring the 2023 schedule: the United States Grand Prix in Austin from October 18-20, the Brazilian GP in Sao Paulo from November 1-3 and the Qatar GP from November 29-1 December. The new Formula 1 season begins on March 2 with the Bahrain Grand Prix.