The F1 Commission gathered today, 14 February, in London, for its first meeting of 2022, and the first attended by newly-elected FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem. The following is an overview of the key discussion points and decisions, as the FIA and Formula 1 look forward to a record-breaking 23-event season.
2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Analysis
The FIA President led detailed discussions of the 2021 FIA Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Feedback from the Commission on matters raised will be incorporated into the President’s analysis and he will publicly present news of structural changes and action plan in the coming days.
Following a review of the three Sprint events that took place in 2021 and a recognition by all that the format created positive benefits for the sport, three Sprint events were proposed for 2022, acknowledging this as a sensible number in light of the pressures already on the teams for this season with the introduction of major changes to the regulations. The Commission unanimously approved the three Sprint events for the coming season, incorporating a number of updates to the format based on the feedback of fans, media and teams. The Sprint events will be:
The format changes will include:
Cost Cap Adjustments for Sprint events will remain unchanged from 2021.
Treatment of short races
Following the weather-affected 2021 FIA Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix, the Commission approved proposed updates to the Sporting Regulations as follows:
Note that all regulatory changes are subject to approval by the World Motor Sport Council.
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