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Teams react to FIA’s delay in approval of increase of sprint races

2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Saturday – LAT Images. Credits: Mercedes.

Several team bosses have shared their thoughts regarding the fact the FIA is yet to approve the increase of the number of sprint races.

Teams supported the proposal to increase the number of sprint races to six for the 2023 season during the F1 Commission meeting last month. However, the FIA has not approved the idea yet.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown admits that the FIA’s approach to the matter is “surprising”, but expects that the proposal will be approved in the end.

“The FIA and Formula 1, at least since I’ve been around, have always been pretty aligned with coming into meetings. So I think the table was a bit surprised that they hadn’t discussed that in advance and aligned it by the time they come in to the meeting,” he commented.

“But I think at the end of the day, it’ll get sorted.”

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff believes that the FIA and F1 will reach consensus.

“I think that scrutiny needs to be given on the decisions we take. And I’m sure that between Stefano [Domenicali, F1 CEO] and Mohammed [Ben Sulayem, FIA president], we’re going to come to a resolution.

“For Mohammed it was important to hear the FIA’s members’ opinion, and he wasn’t against it, just that he needed more time for that decision.”

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