Max Verstappen of the Netherlands drives the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 Honda during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on September 11, 2022.
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Formula 1 has unveiled a record-breaking racing schedule for 2023, with the sport set to stage 24 races in a season for the first time ever.
Overhauling its biggest ever schedule to two races, next season’s schedule includes the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix, which takes place on a Saturday night, and sees the return of the Chinese GP after a three-year absence.
The schedule has been approved by the FIA and the World Motor Sport Council and revealed by F1’s governing body on Tuesday.
Qatar also return after making their 2021 debut while Monaco retain their place on the calendar – amid the first of two treble-headers on the calendar – after contract doubts.
The place for 2023 is the French GP, and a previously touted race in South Africa was not included.
The season will start on March 5 in Bahrain, where pre-season testing is due to take place, and end on November 26 in Abu Dhabi.
“We are delighted to announce the 2023 calendar with 24 races across the world. Formula 1 has 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. .
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“We are very pleased with the strong momentum that Formula 1 continues to enjoy and it is great news that we will be able to offer our passionate fans a mix of exciting new venues such as Las Vegas for the championship with popular sites across Europe, Asia and the Americas.”
“Having 24 races on the 2023 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar is further proof of the sport’s growth and appeal globally,” said FIA President Mohammed Ben. Sulayem.
“The addition of new venues and the maintenance of traditional events underlines the good management of the sport by the FIA.”
The talking points of F1’s record-breaking schedule
Amid a worldwide popularity boom, F1 and its US owners Liberty Media have been trying to increase the racing schedule for some time. 2022 was due to be a 23-race season before the Russian GP was canceled – but this is the first time the race calendar has been extended to 24.
There are several quirks to the program. The first four races, for example, are all standalone events although three of them are in Asia.
The season will then head to an Azerbaijan-Miami double header, followed by an Imola-Monaco-Spain hat-trick.
Canada is a stand-alone event, with F1 unable to pair the Montreal and Miami race.
Hungary left their usual position ahead of the summer break, with the Belgian GP at Spa due to follow the Budapest race on July 30. The Dutch GP will therefore be the first race after the summer break.
Then there’s an Asian double-header with Singapore and Japan before a stand-alone run in Qatar, which begins a 10-year contract and hasn’t had a run in 2022 due to the FIFA World Cup, before that the second triple header takes place in the United States. , Mexico and Brazil.
After the Brazilian GP on November 5, there’s a week’s break before F1 heads to the Las Vegas Strip for the first Saturday race since 1985.
This first event is twinned with the Abu Dhabi GP at the end of the season.
Formula 1 will race in Monaco until 2025
An agreement has been finalized with the Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM) to continue racing on the famous streets of Monte-Carlo until 2025 inclusive, under a new three-year contract.
The race has been an important part of the championship since the first edition in 1950 and offers a unique challenge for all drivers.
“I am happy to confirm that we will be racing in Monaco until 2025 and delighted to be back on the streets of this famous Principality for next year’s championship on May 28,” said Domenicali.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in this revival and more particularly HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Michel Boeri, President of the Automobile Club of Monaco and his entire team. We look forward to being back next season to continue our partnership together.
Michel Boeri, President of the Automobile Club de Monaco, added: “In the interest of the Formula 1 World Championship, and after several months of negotiations, we are proud to announce that we have signed a 3-year agreement with Formula 1, and likely to be renewed. The 2023 Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix will take place on Sunday 28 May 2023.”