The 2022 Formula 1 World Championship is almost over now that Max Verstappen is 116 points ahead of his closest rival, Charles Leclerc. So we can start looking to next year when the The FIA has confirmed that F1 will host a record 24 Grands Prix during the season.
The 2023 Formula 1 calendar has just been approved by motorsport’s governing body, the FIA, and it’s a big one. The 2023 F1 season will kick off in Bahrain on March 3 before covering 22 races before the season closes in Abu Dhabi on November 26.
All this means that the 2023 season will be start two weeks earlier than this year, and will end just a week after 2022. That means F1 will cram in a record 24 races in just 38 weeks. I’m exhausted just thinking about it!
But it’s a pretty exciting schedule. Next year F1 organizes its first race in Las Vegas November 18. The penultimate race on the calendar, the first Las Vegas Grand Prix is rumor for a late checkout on Saturday nightin a change from the traditional F1 weekend format.
There is also a return for F1 in Qatar on October 8. The race in the kingdom is the first in a new 10-year contract which will see F1 host events at the Losail circuit.
Next year will also see the long-awaited return of the Chinese Grand Prix, which has not taken place since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the concerns he could be missing from next year’s program, the Belgian Grand Prix remains a must in 2023. The historic race will now take place before the sport takes its summer break. This sees the race fill a void left by the French Grand Prix, which has been scrapped for next year.
After the Belgian race, the teams will have just over three weeks off for the summer break before the race returns to the Dutch Grand Prix August 27.
And that’s a theme of this schedule, less free time for the teams. Over the 38 weeks of racing, there will be six double-header races, including the final back-to-back events in Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi.
There are also two three-headed races, including the Emilia-Romagna event in Italy, Monaco and the Spanish Grand Prix. After the summer break, F1 will also host back-to-back races in Texas, Mexico and Brazil.
It’s a big calendar that includes three events in the United States, nine races in Europe and seven events in Asia. I’m happy to see China back on the calendar, and I’m very intrigued by this Las Vegas race.
What do you think of the calendar, and are you there? all the tracks you would have liked to see added? There ares been talking about an event in South Africa for months now, is there any lead we should drop make room for a run in Kyalami?
The full 2023 Formula 1 calendar
- 03/05 Bahrain
- 03/19 Saudi Arabia
- 04/02 Australia
- 04/16 China
- 30/04 Azerbaijan
- 07/07 Miami, USA
- 21/05 Emilia-Romagna, Italy
- 05/28 Monaco
- 06/04 Spain
- 06/18 Canada
- 07/02 Austria
- 07/09 United Kingdom
- 07/23 Hungary
- 30/07 Belgium
- 27/08 Netherlands
- 09/03 Italy
- 17/09 Singapore
- 09/24 Japan
- 10/22 United States
- 29/10 Mexico
- 05/11 Brazil
- 11/18 Las Vegas, USA
- 26/11 Abu Dhabi