During the FIA F1 Commission meeting yesterday, it was agreed that the teams and Formula 1 support increasing the number of sprint races from 3 to six in 2023, however, as the statement reads, “the FIA continues to to assess the impact of this proposal on its operations and staff, and will provide feedback to the Commission”.
Having resolved the big issue of dividing teams in 2022 on the amount to be paid by Formula 1 for each sprint race held, it would be expected that there would be no more obstacles on this matter, but now it is the FIA that delays the process, which according to the channel British Sky, is accused of “greed” and that “unjustifiable financial requests” are at the basis of the decision.
The British channel journalist said that some sources assured him that “the word ‘greed’ was really said to me. And a couple of teams said that, in their opinion, the FIA does not incur significant additional costs by replacing a practice session with a sprint event. They are shocked that the FIA has taken this position.”
Slater said there was unanimity among the 10 Formula 1 teams on sprint racing, which they hope could be a huge revenue stream for the industry but fear the FIA may not be aligned with Formula 1 on the future of the discipline.
In response to the information provided by the British channel, the FIA recalled that it is a non-profit organization and that it is not just about exchanging a free practice for a sprint race, there are procedures similar to those of a Sunday race and that an increase is necessary. of federation resources for these weekends.
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