China and Miami new venues to host F1 sprint weekend in 2024


BERLIN (dpa): Formula One on Tuesday announced its sprint weekend calendar for 2024, when the Chinese Grand Prix and the Miami Grand Prix will host the format for the first time.

Among the other four venues, Austria and Brazil are set to host their third spring weekends, with Austin and Qatar returning for a second year.

In the sprint weekend format, there's only one practice session on Friday, followed by the qualifying for Sunday's race.

The sprint race is on Saturday after the sprint shoot-out, which sets the grid for the shortened version of the normal race, which takes place over a shorter distance of 100 kilometres.

"I am delighted to announce six exciting venues for next season’s F1 Sprint events, including two new hosts China and Miami, both of which will be fantastic additions and provide great racing for all our fans at the race and watching at home," F1 president Stefano Domenicali said.

"Since its creation in 2021, the Sprint has been consistent in delivering increased audiences on TV, more on track entertainment for the fans at events and increased fan engagement on social and digital platforms, and we are looking forward to the exciting events next year," he added.

China is expected to host its first F1 race since 2019. In the previous years, the events in the country had to be cancelled due to coronavirus-related measures. - dpa

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