The changes for the 2024 Formula 1 season are significant: the F1 Commission deliberates decisions for the upcoming Sprint Races season, and here’s how the format will vary.
On Monday, February 5th, there were quite a few novelties. The F1 Commission also announced several elements of innovation. The format will change, and the sessions will undergo a variation in order. During the past 2023 Formula One season, the Sprint format adopted by F1 involved the weekend starting with the only practice sessions on Friday morning. In the afternoon, the cars hit the track for the Sunday Grand Prix qualifying.
On Saturday, it was time for the “Shootout” qualifying sessions, which determined the starting grid for the afternoon Sprint Race. Sunday included only the Grand Prix, the main event of the weekend.
F1 Sprint: How the format changes in 2024
The F1 Commission has decided. In the World Championship starting at the end of February in Bahrain, the F1 Sprint format will undergo some changes.
The weekend’s program now includes, on Friday morning – this session will remain unchanged – the only practice sessions of the weekend. In the afternoon, there will be no more qualifying for the Sunday GP; instead, there will be Shootout qualifying, determining the starting grid for the Sprint Race.
Opening the Saturday activities will be the Sprint Race, which will no longer take place in the afternoon but in the morning. Qualifying for the Sunday Grand Prix will now be held in the afternoon.
Sunday remains unchanged. In the afternoon, it will be time for the Grand Prix. In the panel below in italics are the sessions that undergo a change in time/day.
Sunday GP Qualifying