A number of changes have been made to the existing rules heading into the upcoming Formula 1 season.

This time around, more points will be on offer for sprint qualifying. Apart from this, significant changes have been made to the rules with regard to weather-affected races.

The announcement was made by new FIA CEO Mohammed Ben Sulayem at his first F1 Commission meeting as supremo.

Successful sprint qualifying last year has paved the way for three such events to be included in the 2022 campaign.

Starting off with a qualifying session session on Friday, a 100-kilometer sprint race will take place on Saturday.

The three venues that will host these sprint races are the Emilia Romagna GP at Imola (round 4); the Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring (round 11); and the Brazilian GP (round 22) at Interlagos.

More points up for grabs

While last year only the top 3 were awarded points, the top 8 will benefit from the results this year. The points awarded will be inverse from 8 to 1.

In simpler words, the driver that finishes first will get 8 points, second will get 7 points all the way till the eighth position, who will get a point for his efforts.

F1 cars starting grid

FIA hopes that this will lead to drivers having a greater desire to perform at these sprint races. A knock-down effect of that would be more action-packed moments for fans.

While this is all aimed at finding a bigger and better market for the brand of F1 to grow, there is some positive news for purists as well.

This season, the fastest lapper on Friday will be awarded pole position and not the winner of the sprint race.

The Belgian GP was seen as quite a farce by the F1 community in general. Despite only two laps taking place in the race, that too behind a safety car, a winner was declared. This rule has been amended by the FIA.

Now, at least two laps need to be completed in a race without any safety car or virtual car intervention for points to be awarded.

The number of points awarded will be given on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of laps completed. If, for example, less than 25% of the race is completed before getting abandoned, a quarter of the available points will be awarded. If it’s between 25% to 50%, half points will be awarded and if it’s between 50% to 75%, three-quarter points will be up for grabs.

Masi to get the sack

Michael Masi. Credit: planetf1.com

Meanwhile, the future of Michael Masi was also reportedly discussed at the meeting. The championship-deciding race in Abu Dhabi was filled with drama. It left many analysts and fans in disbelief.

It is rumoured that the members of FIA are, in majority, in agreement that Masi messed up. It is reported that they will replace him as race director and find him a more ‘suitable’ role.

What do you think about the new rules? Will it make things more appealing or is it getting a bit too complicated?

Let us know in the comments below!

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21 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t like the sprint races a bit of a side show going for quantity not quality. I would rather every driver gets points from 1 point for every place on the grid. That would make it tighter with more drivers with a chance to win the championship. After the shambles of the last race Masi should be nowhere near F1 ever again. The man has no integrity or any respect left. The biggest sporting disaster in history of all sports ever witnessed.

  2. Massi has a part to play still in F1. The pressure that Horner and the other corrupt Red Bullies cadre put on him was immoral at best and shameless at worst. The Race Director needs to be free to do his job as proscribed by the Rules and Regulations, pressures of making the race entertaining for TV Network Owners and the Enterprise Owners. He has a set of directions approved by the sports Governing body and all he should do is implement these directions. Both Mr Halliwell (aka Hideous Horner) and Toto are equally responsible for the fiasco that gifted the Belgian/Dutch brat a race win and the World F1 Championship. In my eyes he will never be recognised as the 2021 F1 Champion. Needs to have his Super Licence suspended until he can demonstrate he can compete in a SAFE and FAIR manner. Licence should be endorsed “ does not play well with other kids” and made to wear the Dunce’s Hat for the first 3 races.

    Only time for interaction between the Teams, should be with the Stewards after the race. Adherence to the rules is the Prime responsibility of the Race Director.

    • Max is World Drivers Champion.
      Make peace with it and stop pissing your little Pommy eyes out.
      I hope that overrated, overpayed, BLM thug and drama Queen Lulu gets wipe from F1 forever this year.

  3. Any sport that lowers itself to a team or individual, needs to take a good look at itself. Sports people are participants only, giving them any more influence is destructive to the essence of competition. If a sport is only as good as an individual then maybe the sport itself is finished.

  4. Sim to be a risenable decision as long Masi is not in charge of the decision. A suggestion sak em I think it’s not thrusting worthy in such world sport competition. Its 50 years I have been watching the last race of the year was not the right decision to be made by Masi?

  5. Whilst they have addressed some issues the ‘Elephant’ of last year’s championship is still un-resolved

    Typical FI dodge the real issues

  6. Hi,
    Very disappointing response to Masi. This was corrupt at the highest level. I would be this upset at FAI for any driver, I promise you. The championship need to be taken away from Max and given to nobody. Last season needs to have two runners up. Masi needs to be fire.

  7. What’s Masi going to do, clear the track with a brush following scrapes and accidents, that is far more suitable! I will never watch F1 again following his ridiculous decision, a decision that still effects real motor racing fans

  8. No favouritism for any team or driver. Mercedes think they are exempt from the rules. So does their driver Lulu. He needs to grow up do what other drivers are doing get married have a kid. Stop been greedy.

  9. These changes to the rules seem to be filling in a few holes that should never have been allowed in the first place. As long as Michael Masi is removed from the position as Race Director and the person who gets appointed in his place will be a bit more level headed. He should be a Person who does not fold under lobbying from the F1 Teams and should be 100% impartial in all his/her decisons. I now look forward to an exciting new look to F1 for this Season

  10. Too little too late I would put money on them rules already being in place for years now it doesn’t address the fact that there was a mess up with race director and this should be addressed

  11. The FIA make the rules they must stick to them. The result of the 2021 final race should be reversed and Hamilton declared winner! The FIA cheated & that needs correcting.

  12. Should change the safety car rules, follow until the tracks clear go through the pit lane and release the cars the same timed distance they were in the race. No pitting ! Can’t see the problem.

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