Motorsport: Motor racing-Baku keen to become an F1 sprint race next season

LONDON (Reuters) – Azerbaijan desires its Formula One Grand Prix in Baku to be one in all six proposed Sprint weekends next season, promoter Arif Rahimov stated on Monday.

Speaking to reporters on a Zoom name, Rahimov stated the topic was on his agenda for dialogue with Formula One round this yr’s June 12 race.

“I fairly just like the sprint races, they add much more motion,” he stated.

“The enchantment with the sprint race, not only for Baku however for any promoter, is unquestionably that it appears to be like like it is going to convey extra followers on Saturday.

“We’re a market the place a lot of the followers are usually not as educated within the sport itself so if you say that we have now two races…that can undoubtedly improve the attendance on a Saturday and provides them extra worth for cash.”

Formula One has but to affirm six sprints next yr, regardless of the groups and industrial rights holder Liberty Media voting in favour, after the governing FIA known as for additional analysis.

Three sprint weekends are scheduled for 2022, with the primary held at Imola in Italy final month and the opposite two due in Austria and Brazil.

The format sees qualifying for the official pole place on Friday, with Saturday’s race then setting the grid for Sunday’s grand prix.

“I’d be glad to have the sprint race right here in Baku next yr,” stated Rahimov. “I hope we’re a type of six races that can get it.”

“I’m a giant proponent of it. I actually like the concept. I believe it is good simply to combine issues round somewhat bit all through the years. Things get boring and folks simply get too used to the identical format after which they lose their curiosity.”

Last yr’s race in Baku was held with out spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic after being cancelled in 2020. This yr will see a return to regular crowds.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, modifying by Ed Osmond)

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