Six Formula 1 rules changes for new season including changed safety car protocol after Lewis Hamilton’s F1 defeat

THE “sprint qualifying” races that were trialled in 2021 make a return — but only in three Grands Prix, rather than the six as was anticipated. Also, there are tweaks to the rules with regard to shortened races following the farce of double points at the rain-hit Belgium GP. Races must last a minimum of two laps under green-flag conditions before any points are awarded. Niels Wittich, former DTM race director, and Eduardo Freitas, WEC race director, will now act alternatively as F1’s race director. Herbie Blash will assist as the permanent senior advisor, returning to F1 five seasons after stepping down as deputy race director. There will also be a new addition of a Virtual Race Control Room.

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