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F1 | The final sprint event of the season and tyres: what to look out for in Brazil next weekend

As we enter the final stages of the 2022 championship, Pirelli, the official F1 tyre supplier, makes public sets of tyres for both Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, while teams and drivers prepare themselves for the third sprint race of the season.

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F1 | The final sprint event of the season and tyres: what to look out for in Brazil next weekend
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The Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli has released the list of compounds that teams and drivers will benefit from in order to compete for the two closing weekends of the 2022 season.

The roll call of races is winding down and a great amount of unfinished business has yet to be completed in the midfield and in the back of the grid.

The Circus will finalise its three race stretch in the Americans in Brazil, where the third and last sprint race of the season will go on stage, while the Middle East will be, not only the scene of the ultimate act of the championship, but also a great testing ground for different rookies who will have the opportunity to borrow appointed drivers’ cockpits.

Among the confirmed protagonists, we have Pato O’Ward, IndyCar driver, who will get behind the wheel of Lando Norris’ car during the first free practice and Logan Sargeant who is still chasing the required Super Licence points to secure his Williams seat for the upcoming season.

Formula 1 will head to Brazil with the same set of tyres formalized for the two previous American races held in Austin and Mexico City but - once again - Pirelli did not opt for the leap of compound, only carried out during the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne with C2, C3 and C5 at the disposal of teams and drivers.

The weather forecast, according to several sources, will promise rain and thunderstorms on the Brazilian ground from Friday until Sunday, meaning it may provide us with an edge-of-the-seat scenario.

Awaiting further updates, the confirmed compounds for the Brazilian Grand Prix are:

  • White-marked C2 hard tyre
  • Yellow-marked C3 medium tyre
  • Red-marked C4 soft tyre

A softer choice of tyres is intended for the circuit of Yas Marina, as the selected compounds are deemed to be well suited for the conditions drivers will face on the track located in the UAE:

  • White-marked C3 hard tyre
  • Yellow-marked C4 medium tyre
  • Red-marked C5 soft tyre

A quick overview about Sprint Races:

Sprint Races represent a new format introduced last year in the four-wheel world in order to ramp up the thrill and boost the adrenaline rush of the fans during race weekends.

Each sprint race, which takes place on Saturdays, covers a distance of 100 km to be logged in a 30 minutes session.

The starting order is the outcome of the traditional session of qualifying held on Fridays after just one session of free practice.

On the occasion of the 2022 championship, three different Grand Prix decided to hold this format:

  • Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
  • Austrian Grand Prix
  • Brazilian Grand Prix

While points are awarded for the first eight spots of the grid and are distributed as follows:

  • 8th place = 1 point
  • 7th place = 2 points
  • 6th place = 3 points
  • 5th place = 4 points
  • 4th place = 5 points
  • 3rd place = 6 points
  • 2nd place = 7 points
  • 1st place = 8 points

Starting grid of Sundays are based on the finishing order of Sprint Races and, in case of grid penalties, the latter will be taken into account after the Sprint itself.

What happened in the previous sprint races of the year?

On both occasions, the top step of the podium has crowned Max Verstappen as the fastest man on the grid, accompanied by his title rival Charles Leclerc occupying the second spot both in Imola and in Austria.

Emilia Romagna sprint race podium:

1st = Max Verstappen

2nd = Charles Leclerc

3rd = Sergio Pérez

Austria sprint race podium:

1st = Max Verstappen

2nd = Charles Leclerc

3rd = Carlos Sainz

Full points for the two-times world champion who is chasing the third success this weekend and the 15th win of the season, a further confirmation of his total domination.

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