Autosport revealed over the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend that Baku and Spa have been each being lined as much as host a dash after it was agreed in September there could be six 100km sprints in 2023, up from three this 12 months.
On Wednesday, F1 formally confirmed the six dash areas for 2023, that are:
- Azerbaijan – Baku Metropolis Circuit (April 30)
- Austria – Crimson Bull Ring (July 2)
- Belgium – Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (July 30)
- Qatar – Losail Worldwide Circuit (October eight)
- USA – Circuit of The Americas (October 22)
- Brazil – Interlagos (November 5)
Baku, Spa, Losail and Austin will host a dash race for the primary time because the introduction of the format in 2021.
The Crimson Bull Ring hosted its maiden dash this 12 months, whereas Interlagos has been probably the most profitable dash tracks by way of its occasions in 2021 and 2022.
Imola has been dropped from the dash roster after internet hosting its first one again in April, whereas Qatar will get the nod for a Saturday race upon its return to the F1 calendar. Qatar took 2022 off so it might concentrate on the FIFA World Cup, however returns in 2023 to start out a 10-year deal.
“We have now seen a massively optimistic response to the F1 Dash occasions in the course of the first two years of its working, and we will’t wait to convey much more motion to followers with six occasions subsequent 12 months, together with our first US F1 Dash in Austin,” stated F1 CEO and president Stefano Domenicali.
“The introduction of the F1 Dash has created a race weekend that features three days of aggressive racing motion and brings extra leisure to followers of the game in addition to further worth for key stakeholders together with groups, broadcasters, companions, and host venues.”
George Russell, Mercedes W13, Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22, Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR22, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36, to the Dash grid
Photograph by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images
F1 is thought to be contemplating tweaks to the format of the dash races sooner or later, together with the doable change to creating them standalone occasions that don’t impression the beginning grid for Sunday’s race.
However the format will stay unchanged in 2023, awarding factors to the highest eight and the end result setting the ultimate beginning grid for the grand prix.
Essential tweaks have been made for this 12 months, together with the designation of pole place to whoever topped Friday’s qualifying session after fan backlash, and a rise within the factors on supply to encourage drivers to push extra.
It has not stopped some criticism of the sprints from drivers, together with world champion Max Verstappen, who felt most have been unwilling to take dangers for concern of dropping down the order and ruining their beginning place for the Sunday race.
However Interlagos proved to be probably the most thrilling dash race to this point with incidents and overtaking all through the sphere, establishing an exciting race on Sunday the place George Russell scored his maiden F1 win.