The F1 Circus comes to Town

15 December 2022

First introduced in 2021, the Formula 1 Sprint Race is like a shortened version of a regular race, intending to build more excitement into a race weekend.

The Sprint Race is on Saturday, in the afternoon, runs over 100km, and lasts around 25-30 minutes, with no mandatory pit stops and drivers racing flat-out to the chequered flag.

There will be six Grand Prix running ‘Sprints’.

As previously run, the Red Bull Ring in Austria and the Interlagos in Brazil. Plus, Baku City, Azerbaijan, Spa-Francorchamps Belgium; the Losail International Circuit Qatar and the Circuit of the Americas in the US.

Qatar returns to host an event, and 2023 may be the last year for the Belgian Grand Prix as the circuit organisers only signed a one-year contract extension. 

The 2023 Race Calendar will schedule 23 events, initially 24, but Russia and China have dropped out, and Qatar has returned to the party.