Record-Breaking 24 Races
Formula One has revealed that the 2024 season will feature a record-breaking 24 races, one more than this year's 23.
Controversial Sprint Race Format Returns
Despite its divisive nature, F1 bosses have decided to expand the Sprint Race format for the 2024 season. This move is likely to upset reigning world champion Max Verstappen, who has previously expressed his dislike for Sprint Races.
New Venues Added to the Calendar
The 2024 Sprint Race calendar will include two new venues: China and Miami. The Chinese Grand Prix, which was cancelled in 2023 due to Covid-19, will now host a Sprint Race, along with Miami. The format will also return to Austria, America (COTA), Brazil, and Qatar.
Verstappen's Criticism of Sprint Races
Max Verstappen has been vocal about his distaste for Sprint Races, stating that they make the race weekends too intense. He has even threatened to quit F1 if further changes are made to the rules.
Details and Discussions
The finer details of the Sprint Races, including revised timings and parc ferme regulations, are yet to be finalized. F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali expressed excitement about the upcoming events, while FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem highlighted the challenge and new dimension that the new venues will bring.
The 2024 season promises to be an exciting one with the expansion of the Sprint Race format. While some drivers, like Max Verstappen, are critical of the format, F1 bosses are confident that it will continue to deliver increased viewership and fan engagement.
2024 Sprint Race Calendar
For the complete F1 2023 race calendar, click here.