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F1 | Ross Brawn on 2022 Sprint Qualifying: ''We will look towards six events for next year'' and a change to the points system

F1’s managing director announced more events for the new season, and a possible increment of the points given up to a third of what’s awarded after a full length race, while stalling more drastic measures.

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F1 | Ross Brawn on 2022 Sprint Qualifying: ''We will look towards six events for next year'' and a change to the points system
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After the success of the first two sprint events, F1 management decided to revise and keep implementing the new format in 2022 too. While waiting to see how racing will be affected by the new generation of cars to apply major rule changes, it appears that the importance of the sprint races will increment, with the provisional number of events upped to six, and the discussion of giving out more points to the top "qualifiers".

F1 managing director Ross Brawn explained to selected media the decision of delaying major format changes:

"We've in principle agreed with the teams that we will look towards six events for next year. There is quite a lot to get sorted before then, and our view is that we should take some progressive steps for next year but not radical steps, and that's partly because we have the new car coming along, and everyone needs to settle down with the new car coming."

He also reiterated the satisfaction with the positive response received from all parts involved:

"We need to see the impact of the car. So we've been relatively conservative and evolutionary for 2022. But we're positive about the concept and very pleased that F1 has been brave enough to try an alternative concept at three races to see how it works."

As a result of the discussions with the teams on how to make "more challenging and engaging" the Saturday race and in order to provide better on-track action, Brawn added that modifications to the points system could be implemented, while more drastic measures will have to wait for a little more: 

"I'm very optimistic that the new cars will help, because of their ability to race each other. And what's in discussion is how can we make the rewards for a Saturday greater, so there's much more incentive to race on a Saturday in terms of points."

"I think probably reverse grids etc, I'd be quite excited by that I must say. But I think it would be perhaps a step too far. But there's a few things which are on the table for discussion," he added.

Brawn added that awarding pole position on Friday might be removed, as it wasn't well-liked, and also the whole concept could be named differently:

"The pole position on a Friday: it has clearly not been popular not having a pole position for Friday. So that's on the agenda. Also, the naming of the [sprint qualifying] event, as we all call it a race: if it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck…. The naming of the event is something we want to tidy up."

At the moment, points are handed out only to the top three finishers, with the winner getting three, but, in Brawn's vision, the number of points could become a third of the points awarded for a full-length race.

"The points distribution for a Saturday could make it more challenging and inviting for drivers to race. Personally we proposed something around a third of the points that you get in a race for the sprint."

He explained that it had been included in the original plan of the format, and what had led him to believe it could be a reasonable prize:

"That was the initial proposal, which was not taken up because the feeling was that we need to see how the sprint functions first before we allocated the points. So we think that will be the starting point for the discussion."

"It's significant enough to be worth going for and it goes far enough down that people in lower positions still want to fight for it. But it is not of a number that has over-influence on the championship. It will have an influence on the championship, it must have and that's what we want, but not an excessive amount," he summed up.

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