F1 Sprint returns for Austrian Grand Prix

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Let’s get into what the weekend has in store.


Return to Styrian Alps

Eight races into the Formula 1 season and Austria is the next stop at the Red Bull Ring for F1 Sprint weekend.

Max Verstappen is aiming for his fifth win in the Styrian Alps.

The second Sprint weekend this term, Red Bull continued their dominance in Azerbaijan with a one-two finish.

So just how is this weekend shaping up?

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The format

Introduced during the 2021 season to inject life into qualifying, what was originally given the paddock cold shoulder has now become a regular season staple.

With six sprint weekends this term however, the format in 2023 has been altered.

As the Friday consists of a single practice session, qualifying follows which sets out the starting grid for the main race on Sunday.

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Saturday features a special qualifying session, a ‘sprint shootout’, which sets the grid for the sprint race later that day.

Unlike in 2021 and 2022, the finishing positions in the sprint do not have any relevance in starting grid positions for Sunday.

Saturday proper concludes with a 23-lap race/100 km race, as Sunday reverts to the normal GP format, here over 72 laps.

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Does it work?

The answer simply relies on improving entertainment for fans.

It’s initial device was also to create more of a challenge for teams to fine-tune car setup and encourage experimentation.

Indeed, as far as 2023 goes, results from Baku illustrate that there is more track action.

With teams prone to more mistakes, sprint format has added a good deal of spice into the melting pot.

Whether that can will aid the chasing pack in their pursuit of Red Bull and Max Verstappen however, remains to be seen.



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