System 1 organizers at a gathering on Tuesday agreed to a brand new format for the favored 62-mile Dash race, which was first launched in 2021 as an alternative choice to the normal qualifying session throughout Grands Prix weekends.
Beneath the unique format, a conventional knockout-style qualifying session was held on Friday to find out the beginning place of the Dash race on Saturday. The outcomes of the Dash race would then decide the beginning grid for the primary race on Sunday.
The Dash race additionally awarded eight factors for the winner towards the championship title, and this may drop by some extent for the following seven positions. Factors had been additionally awarded to groups.
Beneath the brand new format, there can be a conventional qualifying session on Friday to find out the beginning grid for the primary race on Sunday. A second, shorter qualifying session, dubbed the Dash Shootout, can be held on Saturday to find out the beginning grid for the Dash race. The Dash race can be held afterward Saturday.
It means the Dash race will now be a standalone occasion with no influence on the primary race, although it would nonetheless have the identical championship factors connected as within the earlier format. An issue or incident within the Dash race will now not compromise the primary race, which organizers stated will encourage drivers to push more durable through the Dash race. The organizers additionally stated there can be extra “jeopardy,” as groups could have fewer follow classes.
F1 will conduct six rounds with the brand new Dash format in 2023, beginning with this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The weekend schedule for the Dash format can be as follows:
- Friday – A single follow session adopted by conventional qualifying for the primary race.
- Saturday – A shorter qualifying session for the Dash race (Dash Shootout) adopted by the Dash race.
- Sunday – Fundamental race solely.