Ross Brawn confirms that there will not be significant changes to the sprint race format in the 2022 F1 season.

Why it matters: Sprint Qualifying will return to Formula 1 in 2022 with six events set to be held throughout the year.


  • The F1 managing director of motorsport reveals that possible modifications of the event are discussed with the teams.
  • Brawn admits that the pole position status and the name of the event itself might be changed.

What he had to say:

  • “There’s no doubt that we’re discussing with the teams how Saturday could be made a bit more challenging, a bit more engaging.”
  • “I think probably reverse grids etc, I’d be quite excited by that I must say. But I think it would be perhaps a step too far. But there’s a few things which are on the table for discussion.”
  • “The pole position on a Friday: it has clearly not been popular not having a pole position for Friday. So that’s on the agenda. The naming of the [sprint qualifying] event, as we all call it a race: if it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck…. The naming of the event is something we want to tidy up.”

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