2024 Method 1 season opener moved to Saudi Arabia

The 2024 Method 1 season will kick-off with the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as a part of a calendar rejig. Whereas the Australia GP would start the F1 season on the calendar for years now, the pandemic compelled a change within the order from 2020. Nonetheless, the shift in 2024 is being made to keep away from the race weekend clashing with the holy month of Ramadan within the Arab nation.

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16 Dec 2022, 11:16 AM

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was added to the F1 calendar in 2021 and will be the season opener in 2024 (Getty Images/Red Bull)
The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was added to the F1 calendar in 2021 and would be the season opener in 2024 (Getty Photographs/Purple Bull)

The replace emerged after the Australian authorities introduced that the Australian GP had been signed for a two-year extension to the contract with F1, which might hold the championship on the land down underneath till 2037.

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An announcement from the announcement learn, “A part of the deal will see Melbourne host the primary race of the Method 1 season for at the least 4 years between 2023 and 2037, with Saudi Arabia to host the primary race of the 2024 Method 1 season out of respect for Ramadan.”

Saudi Arabia and F1 signed a 10-year deal that keeps the country on the calendar till 2031
Saudi Arabia and F1 signed a 10-year deal that retains the nation on the calendar until 2031 (Getty Photographs/Purple Bull)

Saudi Arabia joined the F1 calendar in direction of the top of 2021 and was slotted because the second race on the calendar in 2022 proper after the Bahrain GP. The nation has signed a 10-year take care of F1 and in addition plans to maneuver from the Jeddah Corniche Circuit to the new-build metropolis of Qiddiyah sooner or later.

Whereas it’s unclear as to when the long run races can be held at Qiddiyah, we do know that the 2024 F1 season opener will start by early March. Contemplating Ramadan begins on March 10 in 2024, this leaves the March 1-3 weekend to host the race. Beforehand, Australia was set to return because the season opener in 2024 just for the Saudi Arabia GP promoters to request the change. Australia has been on the calendar since 1996 aside from 2006, 2010, 2020 and 2021. The final two years had been a direct results of pandemic associated points proper from elevated instances to logistical challenges.

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In the meantime, the Saudi Arabia GP and Bahrain GP are set to happen between March 22 and March 21 in 2023. This may be certain that each races are wrapped earlier than Ramadan begins subsequent 12 months.

First Revealed Date: 16 Dec 2022, 11:16 AM IST

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