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The FIA’s Formula 1 Commission have agreed on proposed alterations to the schedule of sprint race rounds, among other changes.

The group, made up of the FIA, Formula One Management and representatives of the ten F1 teams, discussed and agreed various changes to the rules of the sport in a meeting held today in London.

In the latest change to the sport’s sprint race format, it has been agreed that sprint round Fridays will see a single practice session, followed by the sprint qualifying session. The Saturday sprint race will now be the first session on the second day, followed by grand prix qualifying and the grand prix itself in their traditional positions on Saturdays and Sunday.

Formula 1’s DRS rules have also been modified ahead of the new season. After the regulations around the use of DRS in sprint races were changed to allow for the overtaking aid to be activated from the end of the first lap or after one green flag lap after a restart, that will now also apply for all grands prix throughout the 2024 season.

In other announced changes, the allocation of power units each driver will be allowed to have over the course of the 24 round season has increased from three to four for the upcoming two seasons in 2024 and 2025.

The commission also discussed various minor amendments to the regulations for this year’s championship and issues around the incoming new power units for 2026.

All agreed changes must now be formally approved by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council. This will next meet in a virtual session on February 28th, the day before first practice for the opening grand prix of the year at Bahrain International Circuit.

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