Announcement of the 2023 calendar, schedule, races, dates, places, new Monaco Grand Prix contract

The FIA ​​has dropped its busy schedule for the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship with a record 24 headlining races.

With two additional races on top of this year’s unmatched schedule, next season is set to be the longest and most demanding schedule in the sport’s history.

Opening in Bahrain on March 5 and culminating in Abu Dhabi on November 26 next year, the F1 paddock will undertake 24 races in 38 weeks – guaranteeing a race weekend every one to two weeks with the traditional break summer in August.

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The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne will again be the third race of the season, with lights out on April 2.

Other features of the calendar include a return to racing in Shanghai for the first time since 2019, with the return of the Chinese Grand Prix. After acting as a replacement race during the COVID-19 disrupted 2021 season, the Qatar Grand Prix at Losail will also return as part of the country’s 10-year post-Fifa World Cup deal. of this year.

The highly anticipated Las Vegas Grand Prix is ​​tentatively set for a Saturday night race – marking only the fourth time a race has taken place on a Saturday instead of the usual Sunday start time.

The temporary street circuit around Sin City is still subject to “homologation”, or official FIA approval.

Along with the announcement, Formula 1 also confirmed a new contract which will see the iconic Monaco Grand Prix remain on the calendar until 2025.

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Sergio Perez leads the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix. (Getty)

The US influx of F1 has put several classic venues around the world at risk of losing their races, with many long-running venues entering the final year of their tenure in 2022.

Spa will also retain its place – unlike the French Grand Prix, which has been axed – but may look a bit different as the Belgian Grand Prix runs alongside the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The FIA ​​has since confirmed that event organizers were “aware” of the timing of the two races.

However, a return to the calendar has surfaced with the absence of a race in Africa.

With races now taking place across Europe, Asia, the Americas and Australia, fans have long pointed out that it is difficult to claim to have a “world championship” without involving Africa.

A relaunch of the South African Grand Prix at the Kyalami circuit, which last appeared on the calendar in 1993, has long been discussed but will not take place next year.

The calendar has also drawn criticism for its logistics and international travel requirements, given F1’s plan to become carbon neutral by 2030 with a regionalized calendar.

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March 5: Bahrain, Sakhir

March 19: Saudi Arabia, Jeddah

April 2: Australia, Melbourne

April 16: China, Shanghai

April 30: Azerbaijan, Baku

May 7: Miami, Miami

May 21: Emilia-Romagna, Imola

May 28: Monaco, Monaco

June 4: Spain, Barcelona

June 18: Canada, Montreal

July 2: Austria, Spielberg

July 9: United Kingdom, Silverstone

July 23: Hungary, Budapest

July 30: Belgium, Spa

August 27: Netherlands, Zandvoort

September 3: Italy, Monza

September 17: Singapore, Singapore

September 24: Japan, Suzuka

October 8: Qatar, Losail

October 22: United States, Austin

October 29: Mexico, Mexico City

November 5: Brazil, Sao Paulo

November 18: Las Vegas, Las Vegas*

November 26: Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina

* Subject to FIA circuit approval

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