Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Sochi Autodrom, 2020

The FIA has established a working group to investigate changes to the F1 race weekend format in time for the 2021 season, which may include the introduction of sprint races.

As RaceFans revealed on Tuesday, Formula 1 is evaluating a plan to introduce sprint races at three events this season. The proposal would involve moving qualifying forward to Friday at those races, and using it to set the grid for a shorter sprint race on Saturday. This would in turn decide the starting order for Sunday’s race, and may also award championship points.

The proposal was discussed by the F1 Commission – including representatives of the sport, the FIA and teams – and were positively received, according to a statement from the sport’s governing body.

“All teams recognised the major importance of engaging fans in new and innovative ways to ensure an even more exciting weekend format,” said the FIA.

“There was, therefore, broad support from all parties for a new qualifying format at some races, and a working group has been tasked with creating a complete plan with the aim to reach a final decision before the start for the 2021 championship.”

The 2021 F1 season is due to begin at the Bahrain International Circuit on March 28th.

This article will be updated.

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