Formula 1 in 2023: 24-race record calendar unveiled as Las Vegas debuts and China returns

Formula 1 holds 24 races in a season for the first time as the FIA ​​unveils a record-breaking 2023 calendar, including debut Las Vegas GP and returning races in China and Qatar; Season starts with Bahrain GP on March 5 and ends in Abu Dhabi on November 26

Last updated: 20/09/22 4:21 PM


Formula 1 has unveiled a record racing calendar for 2023, with the sport holding 24 races per season for the first time.

The largest calendar ever revised with two races, next season’s schedule includes the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix, which is on a Saturday night, and the return of the Chinese GP after a three-year absence.

The calendar has been approved by the FIA ​​and the World Motor Sport Council and announced on Tuesday by F1’s governing body.

Qatar also returns after its 2021 debut – ahead of the season’s only triple header in the US, Mexico and Brazil – while Monaco retains its place on the calendar amid doubts about a contract.

The French GP is giving way to 2023 and a previously touted race in South Africa is not included.

The season will begin on March 5 in Bahrain, where pre-season testing will take place, and end in Abu Dhabi on November 26.

“We are delighted to announce the 2023 calendar with 24 races around the world. Formula 1 has an unprecedented demand to host races and it is important that we find the right balance for the whole sport,” said Stefano Domenicali , President and CEO of Formula 1, said .

“We are delighted with the strong momentum Formula 1 continues to experience and it is great news that we can bring our passionate fans to the championship a mix of exciting new venues such as Las Vegas with beloved venues in Europe, Asia and the Americas.”

“The presence of 24 races on the 2023 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar is further proof of the sport’s growth and appeal on a global scale,” said FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

“The addition of new venues and the retention of traditional events underlines the good management of the sport by the FIA.”

Formula 1 president Stefano Domenicali joins David Croft and Karun Chandhok in the commentary box to discuss the 2023 calendar.

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Formula 1 president Stefano Domenicali joins David Croft and Karun Chandhok in the commentary box to discuss the 2023 calendar.

Formula 1 president Stefano Domenicali joins David Croft and Karun Chandhok in the commentary box to discuss the 2023 calendar.

The talking points from F1’s record calendar

Amid a global boom in popularity, F1 and its American owners Liberty Media have been trying to boost the racing calendar for some time now. 2022 would be a season of 23 races before the Russian GP was canceled – but this is the first time the race calendar has ever risen to 24.

Several quirks are on the agenda. For example, the first four races are all standalone events, despite three taking place in Asia.

The season then moves to an Azerbaijan-Miami double header, followed by Imola-Monaco.

Canada is a standalone event, with F1 unable to combine the Montreal and Miami race.

Hungary has moved out of its usual pre-summer break position, with the Belgian GP at Spa following up on the Budapest race on July 30. The Dutch GP will therefore be the first race after the summer break.

There will then be an Asian double-header with Singapore and Japan for a standalone race in Qatar, which begins a 10-year contract and did not have a 2022 race due to the FIFA World Cup, before the first and only triple header takes place.

After the Brazilian GP on November 5, there will be a week-long break before F1 heads to the Las Vegas strip for its first Saturday race since 1985.

That debut event is twinned with the season-closing Abu Dhabi GP.

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