F1 Implements Sprint Weekend Changes for the 2024 Season

In a recent F1 commission meeting, Formula 1 officials have finalised adjustments to the sprint weekend structure for the 2024 season.

Lee Parker

By Lee Parker
Published on February 9, 2024

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The revised weekend schedule will now include practice and sprint qualifying sessions on Friday, followed by Saturday featuring both the Sprint Race and the main race’s qualifying rounds, culminating in the main race on Sunday.

After extensive feedback criticised the previous format’s effectiveness in 2023, this overhaul was carefully considered. Previously, with only one practice session on Friday before the main race’s qualifying, drivers facing issues early in the weekend were disadvantaged for Sunday’s race. Additionally, the approach to Saturday’s sprint as an isolated event led to teams often sidelining its importance in favour of gathering data for Sunday’s main race.

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Enhancements to F1 Sprint Weekends

With six sprint events scheduled for the extensive 2024 season, the F1 commission aims to enrich the experience for fans and teams alike. Although it remains to be seen if adjustments to the points system will further incentivise competition during sprint weekends, the format changes mark a promising direction forward.

The sprint race modifications have sparked a variety of opinions among drivers and commentators. Notably, Sky Sports F1’s David Croft proposed the idea of a separate world championship for sprint events, highlighting the ongoing debate on optimising sprint racing.

2024 Sprint Weekend Format

DayFirst SessionSecond Session
FridayFP1Sprint Shootout – SQ1, SQ2 and SQ3
SaturdaySprint RaceGrand Prix Qualifying – Q1, Q2 and Q3
SundayGrand Prixn/a
2024 Sprint Weekend Format

2024 F1 Sprint Race Calendar

Grand PrixTrackSprint Race DateGrand Prix Race Date
ChinaShanghai20 April21 April
MiamiMiami4 May5 May
AustriaSpielberg29 June30 June
United StatesAustin19 October20 October
BrazilSao Paulo2 November3 November
QatarLusail30 November1 December
Schedule of F1 Sprint Races in 2024

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Lee Parker
Lee Parker

Lee is our staff writer specialising in anything technical within Formula 1 from aerodynamics to engines. Lee writes most of our F1 guides for beginners and experienced fans having followed the sports since 1991, researching and understanding how teams build the ultimate machines. Like everyone else on the team he listens to podcasts about F1 and enjoys reading biographies of former drivers.

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