Iconic track reprieved as F1’s 2023 races revealed

The FIA ​​has dropped its jam-packed calendar for the 2023 Formula 1 world championship with a record-breaking 24 races headlining the announcement.

With two additional races on top of this year’s unparalleled fixture, next season is set to be the longest, and most demanding, schedule in the sport’s history.

Opening in Bahrain on March 5 and culminating in Abu Dhabi on November 26 next year, the F1 paddock will undertake 24 races in 38 weeks – ensuring a race weekend is held every one to two weeks with the traditional summer break occurring in August.

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The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne will once again slot in as the third race of the season, with lights out on April 2.

Other features of the calendar include a return to racing in Shanghai for the first time since 2019, with the Chinese Grand Prix brought back. Having acted as a stand-in race during the COVID-19 disrupted 2021 season, the Qatar Grand Prix at Losail will also make a comeback as part of the country’s 10-year deal after this year’s FIFA World Cup.

The highly-awaited Las Vegas Grand Prix is ​​provisionally set for a Saturday night race – marking just the fourth time a race has been run on a Saturday instead of the usual Sunday start time.

The temporary street circuit around Sin City is still subject to “homologation”, or official approval of the by FIA.

Alongside the announcement, Formula 1 also confirmed a new contract that will see the iconic Monaco Grand Prix remain on the calendar until 2025.

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F1’s American influx has put several classic venues around the world at risk of losing their races with many long-standing venues entering the final year of their tenures in 2022.

Spa will also hold its place – unlike the French Grand Prix, which has been axed – but may look a little different as the Belgium Grand Prix runs alongside the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The FIA ​​has since confirmed that event organizers have been “mindful” of the timing of both races.

However, some blowback to the calendar has surfaced with the absence of a race in Africa.

With races now occurring across Europe, Asia, the Americas and Australia, fans have long pointed out it’s difficult to claim to run a ‘world championship’ without involving Africa.

A revival of the South African Grand Prix at the Kyalami circuit, which last appeared on the calendar in 1993, has been long been discussed but will not eventuate next year.

The schedule has also attracted criticism for its logistics and international travel requirements, considering F1’s plan to become carbon neutral by 2030 with a regionalized calendar.

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SCHEDULE FOR THE 2022 FORMULA ONE SEASON

March 5: Bahrain, Sakhir

March 19: Saudi Arabia, Jeddah

April 2: Australia, Melbourne

April 16: China, Shanghai

April 30: Azerbaijan, Baku

May 7: Miami, Miami

May 21: Emilia Romagna, Imola

May 28: Monaco, Monaco

June 4: Spain, Barcelona

June 18: Canada, Montreal

July 2: Austria, Spielberg

July 9: United Kingdom, Silverstone

July 23: Hungary, Budapest

July 30: Belgium, Spa

August 27: Netherlands, Zandvoort

September 3: Italy, Monza

September 17: Singapore, Singapore

September 24: Japan, Suzuka

October 8: Qatar, Losail

October 22: United States, Austin

October 29: Mexico City, Mexico City

November 5: Brazil, Sao Paulo

November 18: Las Vegas, Las Vegas*

November 26: Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina

* Subject to FIA circuit approval

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