How F1's weekend schedules are changing for 2022 – The Race

Formula 1’s grand prix weekend schedule changes for 2022 are not as dramatic as the technical rule changes, but there are some significant adjustments in event timetables and formats.
Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Bahrain Grand Prix Preparation Day Sakhir, Bahrain
As part of a push to cut costs by compressing GP weekends, there is no longer any official activity at the track on Thursdays.
These had long been established as a ‘media day’ including an FIA press conference. For many years these were just for a small group of drivers, and accompanied by teams holding their own individual media sessions.

During the COVID-affected 2020 and ’21 seasons when teams’ own media activities were limited, the FIA Thursday press conferences were expanded to a three-hour affair in which all 20 drivers appeared in pairs.
The revised version of the FIA press conference has now moved to Friday. Teams are free to still hold their own media activities on Thursday, but in practice so far few are.
However at present that is not leading to an actual shortening of the weekend, with teams’ workloads meaning they’re all on site for their preparations for practice anyway.
Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Bahrain Grand Prix Preparation Day Sakhir, Bahrain
Official FIA media activities now take place on the mornings of Fridays and Saturdays. All 20 drivers will be up for interview in groups of five on Friday ahead of free practice one and two, which now take place later in the day local time than had previously been the case.
For Bahrain this weekend, Friday’s schedule is press conferences 11.30-13.30 local time (08.30-10.30 UK) then FP1 at 15.00 local (12.00 UK) and FP2 at 18.00 local (15.00 UK).
The team representative press conferences formerly held between FP1 and FP2 on Fridays are now held ahead of FP3 on Saturdays, with a similar timetable to Fridays.
Motor Racing Formula One Testing Day One Sakhir, Bahrain
FIA pre-event scrutineering has now moved from Thursday to Friday morning, and with it comes what F1 boss Ross Brawn calls a technical ‘show and tell’.
Each team has to make both cars available outside its designated garage area for a period of up to one hour, starting no later than 90 minutes before FP1 begins. For Bahrain, this is currently on the schedule for 13.30-14.30.
The cars must be “nominally complete and fitted with all major aerodynamic and bodywork components that are intended to be used” when they go on track for the first time in FP1.

For what is being officially termed the ‘pre-event automobile display’, teams will provide a summary document to the FIA listing “the name and brief description of all major aerodynamic and bodywork components and assemblies” that have not been run on a previous weekend or official test session.
On Saturday, half an hour after qualifying finishes and for a period of up to one hour, one car from five different teams will be identified by the race director and technical delegate and must be made available for a ‘post-qualifying automobile display’.
A senior technical or sporting representative must be available for at least 10 minutes, at which point they will need to detail “all major aerodynamic and bodywork component updates” made since Friday morning.
Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Brazilian Grand Prix Sprint Day Sao Paulo, Brazil
Details of the schedules for the three events that will hold sprint races – Imola, the Red Bull Ring and Interlagos – have not yet been released.
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And whereas in 2021 pole position in the history books officially went to the winner of the sprint race, that accolade now goes to whoever tops the Friday qualifying session.
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