Formulation 1 organizers at a gathering on Tuesday agreed to a brand new format for the favored 62-mile Dash race, which was first launched in 2021 as a substitute for the normal qualifying session throughout Grands Prix weekends.
Beneath the unique format, a standard knockout-style qualifying session was held on Friday to find out the beginning place of the Dash race on Saturday. The outcomes of the Dash race would then decide the beginning grid for the principle race on Sunday.
The Dash race additionally awarded eight factors for the winner towards the championship title, and this could drop by some extent for the subsequent seven positions. Factors had been additionally awarded to groups.
Beneath the brand new format, there will probably be a standard qualifying session on Friday to find out the beginning grid for the principle race on Sunday. A second, shorter qualifying session, dubbed the Dash Shootout, will probably be held on Saturday to find out the beginning grid for the Dash race. The Dash race will probably be held afterward Saturday.
It means the Dash race will now be a standalone occasion with no impression on the principle race, although it’ll nonetheless have the identical championship factors hooked up as within the earlier format. An issue or incident within the Dash race will now not compromise the principle race, which organizers mentioned will encourage drivers to push tougher throughout the Dash race. The organizers additionally mentioned there will probably be extra “jeopardy,” as groups could have fewer observe classes.
F1 will conduct six rounds with the brand new Dash format in 2023, beginning with this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The weekend schedule for the Dash format will probably be as follows:
- Friday – A single observe session adopted by conventional qualifying for the principle race.
- Saturday – A shorter qualifying session for the Dash race (Dash Shootout) adopted by the Dash race.
- Sunday – Principal race solely.