Method 1: 2023 season to have file 24-race calendar

Las Vegas Grand Prix
The Las Vegas Grand Prix’s 3.8-mile monitor will embody a portion of the Nevada resort metropolis’s well-known Strip

A file 24-race calendar has been confirmed by Method 1’s governing physique for the 2023 season.

The brand new race in Las Vegas and the return of Qatar and China makes subsequent 12 months the longest ever season regardless of the lack of the French Grand Prix.

The season begins in Bahrain on 5 March and ends in Abu Dhabi on 26 November.

Las Vegas would be the penultimate occasion on 18 November, whereas China has been given a 16 April date after a three-year absence as a result of Covid pandemic.

Monaco and Belgium have retained their locations after securing new contracts – Monaco’s till 2025, F1 introduced on Tuesday; Belgium’s just for one 12 months.

The British Grand Prix might be held on 9 July.

There stay some doubts about China because of the nation’s administration of Covid, wherein lockdowns stay an ongoing technique.

F1 will need reassurances from the Chinese language authorities as to the way it plans to handle any optimistic instances earlier than the race goes forward subsequent 12 months.

The calendar is put collectively by F1 however was confirmed on Tuesday by the world motorsport council of governing physique the FIA, as dictated by protocol.

There have been no particulars of the occasions that might be ‘sprints’, with a shorter race on the Saturday deciding the grid for the principle Grand Prix.

F1 desires to extend the variety of these from three to 6 in 2023, and agreed this with the groups in spring, however FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem has to this point been blocking the plan.

The FIA stated in April that it wished to research the influence of accelerating the variety of sprints on its employees and assets.

Ben Sulayem has requested for elevated monetary enter from F1 for the FIA in return for his settlement, in response to quite a few senior sources near the state of affairs.

An FIA spokesperson advised BBC Sport on Tuesday that there had been “no hold-up” on the dash occasions however that it was “simply not what’s being introduced at present”.

Pressed on why it had taken 5 months to nonetheless not attain an settlement, the spokesperson stated they “weren’t conscious there was a selected deadline”.

F1 president Stefano Domenicali stated the elevated variety of races was a mirrored image of the truth that “Method 1 has unprecedented demand to host races and it’s important we get the stability proper for all the sport.

“We’re more than happy with the robust momentum Method 1 continues to expertise and it’s nice information that we will convey our passionate followers a mixture of thrilling new places resembling Las Vegas to the Championship with a lot liked venues throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas.”

Ben Sulayem stated the file calendar was “additional proof of the expansion and enchantment of the game on a worldwide scale”.

Regardless of the enlargement, there isn’t any place for a race in South Africa in 2023.

Domenicali flew to South Africa in June to meet with representatives of the Kyalami circuit, however a deal couldn’t be finalised for the game to return to Africa.

Kyalami, a fixture on the calendar within the Nineteen Seventies and early Nineteen Eighties, final held a Grand Prix in 1993 and there was no F1 race on the continent since then.

Nevertheless, F1 continues to be working in direction of having Kyalami again on the calendar in 2024.

2023 F1 calendar

5 March: Bahrain (Sakhir)

19 March: Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)

2 April: Australia (Melbourne)

16 April: China (Shanghai)

30 April: Azerbaijan (Baku)

7 Might: Miami

21 Might: Emilia Romagna (Imola)

28 Might: Monaco

4 June: Spain (Barcelona)

18 June: Canada (Montreal)

2 July: Austria (Pink Bull Ring)

9 July: United Kingdom (Silverstone)

23 July: Hungary (Budapest)

30 July: Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)

27 August: Netherlands (Zandvoort)

3 September: Italy (Monza)

17 September: Singapore (Marina Bay)

24 September: Japan (Suzuka)

8 October: Qatar (Losail)

22 October: USA (Austin)

29 October: Mexico (Mexico Metropolis)

5 November: Brazil (Sao Paulo)

18 November: Las Vegas

26 November: Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

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