We remind you of the Sprint Qualifying format for the Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix on the Red Bull Ring circuit, from July 8 to 10, 2022.
The instances of the Formula 1 had validated “unanimously” the adoption of a format of ” Sprint Qualifiers in 2021 on three circuits: Silverstone, Monza and Interlagos. Despite rather mixed feedback from the drivers on a format deemed conclusive by F1 bodiesthem Saturday mini-races are therefore back in 2022. First stop: Imola, Saturday April 23, before austria (July 8-10, 2022) and Brasil (November 11-13, 2022).
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— Formula 1 (@F1) July 7, 2022
What weekend format?
Friday, a qualifying session appears after the first free practice session (EL1). This new session determines the starting grid for the “Sprints”, according to its official name, from Saturday. The results of this mini race determine the starting grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix.
Note that the winner of the Sprint race on Saturday, which always determines the order of the starting grid for the Grand Prix on Sunday, will not be seen more rewarded by pole position. He is in fact the author of best time during Friday’s qualifications to whom this honor belongs.
Big news from last year: the first eight drivers score points.
The scale for Saturday is as follows: 1st: 8 points, 2nd: 7 points, 3rd: 6 points, 4th: 5 points, 5th: 4 points, 6th: 3 points, 7th: 2 points and 8th: 1 point.
- Morning: DI1 60 minutes with two sets of tires (free choice for stables)
- Afternoon : qualifications (normal format) with five trains of soft tires (single choice)
- Morning: DI2 60 minutes with one set of tires (free choice)
- Afternoon : Sprint Qualifiers of 100 km with two sets of tires (free choice)
- Grand Prize full distance with two sets of tires remaining
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— Formula 1 (@F1) July 7, 2022
What does Formula 1 do in the event of rain?
Three sets of rain tires and four sets of intermediate tires are allocated at the start of the weekend. If the EL1 or qualifications take place on a wet track, the teams will receive a train in addition to Intermediate tyres. However, they will have to return a used Intermediate set before Saturday’s Sprint qualification.
If the Sprint qualifying argues over wet trackteams can exchange a set of used ‘Wet’ or Intermediate tires for a new set of Intermediates. Maximum 9 trains of ‘Wets’ and Intermediates are allocatable over the entire weekend.
What are the conditions of the Parc Fermé?
Parc Fermé conditions now apply from the start of qualifying of Friday in order to prohibit any change of major components, and this for three reasons:
- Prevent teams from designing “qualifying” single-seaters
- Limit the number of hours needed to prepare the car for the next day
- Allow sufficient reconfiguration of single-seaters to justify the EL3s Saturday morning
After the start of the Sprint qualifications, the cars are placed in full Parc Fermé conditions. A limited number of components may be modified after qualifying:
- The weight distribution can be modified.
- the powertrain and transmission cooling can be adjusted (variation of 10° in case of control by the FIA delegate one hour before qualifying and Sprint qualifying)
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