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FIA stalls F1 sprint race expansion plans

Max Verstappen overtakes Charles Leclerc during the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Formula 1’s plans to increase the number of sprint events to six from 2023 have suffered a blow after the International Automobile Federation (FIA) said an evaluation of the proposal still needs to be carried out.

F1 introduced sprint qualifying sessions last year and the concept is currently used at three grands prix per season. The first sprint qualifier of the 2022 season took place last weekend during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Italy, and the format will also be used during the Austrian Grand Prix and Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

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