Following test Sprint races at Silverstone, Monza and Interlagos last year the concept has been retained for 2022 with some changes. There had been rumours that the concept was to be dropped following complaints from teams about the extra costs, but following extensive negotiations Formula 1 announced the go ahead today (14th February).
The experimental races were not without controversy, with teams concerned about extra damage and fans and drivers complaining about the awarding of an official pole position to the winner of the Sprint race. Addressing these concerns the driver that tops Friday’s qualifying will now receive the official Pole Position award. The times from that session will set the grid for the Sprint race on the Saturday, with the grid for Sunday still set by the finishing order of the Sprint race.
In 2021 points were awarded to just the top three finishers. For 2022 this will be expanded to the top eight, with eight points available to the winner, dropping to one for the eighth place finisher.
Each race will retain its 100km length with the new format needing to be ratified by the World Motor Sport Council the net time it meets.