The Bahrain International Circuit says it is ready to host one of the outdoor circuit sprint races later this year.

Formula 1’s Sprint format was used three times in 2021, which saw a shorter race on Saturday set the final grid for Sunday’s grand prix.

The sport is set to have six sprint weekends in 2022, but changes could be made which could make Saturday’s race a stand-alone event, rather than impacting the grand prix starting grid.

F1 has yet to confirm which venues will host sprint races in 2022, but the season opener in Bahrain is expected to be one of them.

According to Motorsport.com, the track could have practice, qualifying and the grand prix on the traditional track, with the Sprint taking place around the outer circuit.

This layout was used for the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, in which George Russell made his debut for Mercedes, while Sergio Perez claimed his first race victory.

“In theory we can do it and we will support whatever F1 wants us to do,” said Salman Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, executive director of the Bahrain International Circuit.

“It’s like in 2020 when they asked us to run two races – we had the outdoor track and we did.

“So yes, we would support him. But with these things, and with the teams, there will always be questions of how to run on one track and then another. So I’ll wait and see how they discuss it first.

The 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix, which kicks off the upcoming season, will take place on March 20.


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