Steiner unclear regarding sprint format for 2022 – “Don’t know what will happen”

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner admitted that he was unclear regarding the sprint race format for 2022, saying everything was very hazy.

The idea of sprint qualifying itself debuted to a lukewarm reception from fans and the grid. Nevertheless, the sport has given the green light to the idea after three trial runs in 2021, with double the number of sprint races set to take place in 2022.

However, owing to differences between the top teams and the sport regarding budget allocations, the idea has not been approved yet. Now it seems like it may not go ahead, with the opposition not backing down.

Steiner admitted that he was unclear regarding the sprint race format for 2022, and explained what he thought of the whole ordeal.

“I don’t know what will happen,” he said, as quoted by

“We will have a meeting of the Formula 1 Commission in ten days – we’ll know more after that.

Haas is one team which has no clue about 2022 sprints. Source:

“I think we will have three sprints again. But I don’t know exactly so let’s see what will happen. I still can’t answer the question about how many sprint weekends there will be.”


“I’m not going out of my way so the big teams get an advantage out of it because we raised the budget cap. I’m grown up as well about that. Why would we open a loophole here that means we are going back to the ‘good old days’?” he asked.

“I didn’t hear anything since our last meeting – I don’t remember where it was, Saudi Arabia maybe – with Stefano (Domenicali, F1 CEO) about the sprint races.

“We sent in our opinion about it, which we were asked to do, but since then I haven’t heard anything. I think there will be an F1 Commission meeting in the next weeks, so I think we will hear more from it.

“But at the end of the day it needs to make commercial sense, it needs to make sporting sense,” he concluded.

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