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Stefano Domenicali rules out sprints every lap despite the ‘great’ first F1 2023 appearance: PlanetF1

F1 President Stefano Domenicali has ruled out the possibility of hosting a sprint race at every Grand Prix in the future.

The first of six sprint races, up from three in 2022, last time out in Baku was held with a newly developed format that introduced a sprint shootout to determine the sprint line-up.

The revised schedule was met with a lukewarm reception from drivers, with Max Verstappen in particular voicing his concerns, while Saturday’s mini-race was not the most dramatic hour of F1 action.

Despite this, F1 boss Domenicali praised the revised format and said they had seen “a very, very positive reaction” from fans.

“Obviously we did that in agreement with the teams and the FIA,” he said when asked about the new sprint format in a phone call with Wall Street analysts, according to Motorsport.com

“Because as you know, our idea is that there is always action on the track during the race weekend.

“In fact, the result of the first this year was very encouraging. And each of our partners, promoters, media partners and teams is very positive about it.

“Obviously we want to take something as a lesson learned, to see at the end of the summer if we can learn anything to make it even better.

“But in general the first weekend of the sprint format was great.

“As always, if you want to do something different in a very standardized ecosystem, you have to wait for the reaction of the traditional fans in the longer term.

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“But usually we’ve seen a very, very positive reaction from the new fans. The organizers pushed for that.”

Former Formula 1 sporting director Ross Brawn has previously suggested that every grand prix promoter wanted a sprint race, but Domenicali has ruled that out, admitting it could go as far as a third of the calendar but wanted it is limited to “creating something special.”

“We don’t want to get into a situation where we will do all races in sprint format in the future,” said the former Ferrari boss.

“We want to keep a limited number of maybe a third of the calendar and create something special in terms of competition that we can add sporting value to with trophies and of course commercial opportunities. I think that’s the right way.”

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