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FIA approve three more sprint sessions in F1 calendar from 2023

Six Formula One grands prix from the 2023 season onwards will have sprint sessions after the governing body, the International Automobile Federation (FIA), on Tuesday approved an increase from three events this year.

Sprint sessions have become highly popular with fans since it was introduced last year with qualifying taking place on Fridays and Saturday’s short sprint race deciding the grid for Sunday’s main race as well as awarding additional points.

The 2022 season has had sprint sessions at the Emilia Romagna and Austrian Grands Prix, with the Sao Paulo Grand Prix set to host the final one.

The FIA added next year’s additions will be confirmed in due course.

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“The sprint provides action across three days with the drivers all fighting for something right from the start on Friday through to the main event on Sunday — adding more drama and excitement to the weekend,” F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali stated.

“The feedback from the fans, teams, promoters, and partners has been very positive and the format is adding a new dimension to Formula 1, and we all want to ensure its success in the future.”

Earlier this year, Formula One teams had agreed to double the number of sprint events to six in 2023 at a meeting in April before it was sent for approval by the FIA who sought to evaluate the proposal. Azerbaijan’s promoter also stated they want its Grand Prix in Baku to be one of six proposed Sprint weekends next season.

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Formula 1 CEO: ‘No more racing in Russia’

Formula One CEO Stefano Domenicali stated the sport has no plans to hold future races in Russia.

The Russian Grand Prix was calendared to be held in Sochi this year before moving to Igora Drive in St. Petersburg in 2023, but F1 canceled the race after Russia invaded Ukraine. Domenicali said the sport has no intention of returning to the country.

“I’ve always believed that you should never say never,” Domenicali told Sport Bild magazine, per GrandPrix.com. “But in this case, I can promise for sure — we will no longer negotiate with them.

“There will be no more racing in Russia.”

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Alexey Titov, the CEO of Russian GP promoter ANO Rosgonki, stated he expects F1 to refund payments made following the cancellation of this year’s race.

“This debt exists, it is confirmed and our position on it is unchanged,” Titov told Russian news agency Tass. “We expect a refund regardless of the current position of Formula One Management in relation to holding races in the Russian Federation.

“The current situation in world sports is extremely politicized. It is necessary to take Domenicali’s words here with this in mind. What he said has a pronounced political connotation that has nothing to do with the real spirit of sports.

“The future of our relations today is really unclear. We will take Domenicali’s position into account in our further work.”

This is the first year since 2014 that a race has not been held at the Sochi Autodrom, with Mercedes having attained every race to date.

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