F1 sprint races in danger as big teams dig their heels in over money demands

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali and motorsport managing director Ross Brawn want to double the number of shortened-format rounds – first introduced at last year’s British Grand Prix – from three to six in 2022. But a number of the grid’s front-running teams, including Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari, have said they will do so only if more money is added to the budget cap, which was set this year at £103m per team. However, there is a possibility that there will be no sprint races at all this season – with eight of the grid’s 10 teams required to vote in favour of the sport’s latest proposal.

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