F1 boss, Stefano Domenicali, is bullish about the 2022 Formula 1 season and while the official calendar release is a few weeks away, he did reveal a few key elements to Sky Sports F1.
“I can anticipate that, for sure, the calendar will be done with 23 races,” said Domenicali.
“Of course we will be very respectful towards the Covid regulations issued around the world from the different governments. But that is our aim that F1 can give this sign of hope and to go to normal things to enjoy.”
“The idea is to make sure there is the right rhythm to the calendar. There are of course considerations related to periods to make sure logistically the flow has to be right.
“One thing I can tell you, without discovering too many things is that next year the season will start in the middle of March and will finish in the middle of November.”
As the calendar expands, there is one element that could feature more prominently and that’s the inclusion of more Sprint races.
“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,” he said. “The vast majority of the comments we received were super positive. Promoters are super happy because there is something new and important on Friday and Saturday and Sunday.
“We are receiving this positive feedback therefore we need to know next year we have a great plan where we will consider also the points highlighted by people who did not like this format. Generally speaking it has been an incredible success.”
“I can say we will not go everywhere with the Sprint qualy format. It is something we want to keep for one third of the races more or less and to connect with a certain different way of giving rewards and points and to connect with specific circuits that as you know would make the difference.
“So there is a lot of food for thought. We will involve all the stakeholders: broadcasters, drivers, teams, promoters and fans. We won’t forget our role is to take the right decision and to consider all the points and points of view of everyone.”
I am curious what your thoughts are on adding a total of seven Sprint races to a 23-race calendar? I can’t say that I was a huge fan of the Sprint race and feel like there needs to be some tweaking or adjusting to the regulations and way in which the sprint race impacts a race weekend.