Lando Norris reveals the advice Lewis Hamilton gave him
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If Lewis Hamilton wins a record eighth world title this year, he will have the challenge of defending that crown in a new era of the sport. As well as a swathe of technical rule changes which could upset the current balance of power on the grid, the 2022 season is set to feature more sprint races, a record-breaking number of Grands Prix and an early finish to avoid a clash with the World Cup in Qatar.
That’s according to F1 boss Stefano Domenicali, who has offered a glimpse of what next season’s race calendar might look like.
The full details of the sport’s 2022 schedule are set to be revealed on October 15, but the Italian was happy to share some details ahead of the official announcement.
Domenicali pledged to deliver the most races ever in a single campaign, while also hinting that the Sprint Qualifying format which has been trialled at certain races this year will be expanded.
He also said the season will have its earliest finish in more than 10 years, likely done on purpose to avoid a clash with the World Cup.
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“I can anticipate that, for sure, the calendar will be done with 23 races,” Domenicali told Sky Sports.
“Of course we will be very respectful towards the Covid regulations issued around the world from the different governments.
“But that is our aim that F1 can give this sign of hope and to go to normal things to enjoy.”
The 56-year-old continued: “The idea is to make sure there is the right rhythm to the calendar. There are of course considerations related to periods to make sure logistically the flow has to be right.
“One thing I can tell you, without discovering too many things is that next year the season will start in the middle of March and will finish in the middle of November.”
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Domenicali refused, though, to be drawn on revealing the host countries for each race weekend.
The Miami Grand Prix will make its debut in May, though the dates of other races are yet to be revealed.
And while the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix will take place this November, the middle-eastern state will not be hosting a race next season and will instead begin its 10-year run in 2023.
Though the Italian did go into more detail about the expansion of the Sprint Qualifying format, which has been trialled at Silverstone and Monza this campaign with one more planned for Interlagos.
“We said at the beginning of the year there would be three tests this year to make sure we have the right plan for the future,” Domenicali said.
“The vast majority of the comments we received were super positive. Promoters are super happy because there is something new and important on Friday and Saturday and Sunday.
“We are receiving this positive feedback therefore we need to know next year we have a great plan where we will consider also the points highlighted by people who did not like this format. Generally speaking it has been an incredible success.”
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