Formula 1: 2023 season with a record calendar of 24 races

The 3.8-mile Las Vegas Grand Prix will include part of the popular Nevada Strip resort town

A standard calendar of 24 races has been confirmed by the Formula 1 governing body for the 2023 season.

The new race in Las Vegas and the return of Qatar and China make next year the longest season ever despite losing the French Grand Prix.

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

Las Vegas will be the penultimate event on November 18, while China has been given the April 16 date after a three-year absence due to the Covid pandemic.

Monaco and Belgium retained their seat after securing new contracts – Belgium for only one year. The British Grand Prix will be held on July 9.

The calendar was put together by F1 but was confirmed on Tuesday by the World Motorsports Council of the FIA’s governing body, as dictated by protocol.

There were no details on what events would be “sprints”, with a shorter race on Saturday setting the grid for the main Grand Prix.

F1 wants to increase those from three to six in 2023 and has agreed to that with teams in the spring, but FIA president Mohamed Ben Sulayem has been blocking the plan so far.

The FIA ​​said in April that it wanted to Study the effect of increasing the number of sprints on its employees and resources.

Bin Sulayem has asked for increased financial input from F1 to the FIA ​​in exchange for his approval, according to several high-ranking sources close to the situation.

An FIA spokesman told BBC Sport on Tuesday that there was no “delay” in the sprint events, but that it wasn’t “just what is being announced today”.

Pressed about why it has taken five months so far no agreement has been reached, the spokesperson said they “were not aware there was a specific deadline”.

F1 chief Stefano Domenicali said the increased number of races was a reflection of the fact that “Formula 1 has unprecedented demand to host races and it is important that we strike the right balance for the entire sport.

“We are very pleased with the strong momentum that Formula 1 continues to experience and it is great news that we will be able to bring our enthusiastic fans a mix of exciting new locations like Las Vegas to the Championship with beloved venues across Europe, Asia and the Americas.”

Bin Sulayem said the benchmark calendar was “further evidence of the sport’s growth and appeal on a global scale”.

Calendar 2023 F1

March 5: Bahrain (Sakhir)

March 19: Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)

April 2: Australia (Melbourne)

April 16: China (Shanghai)

April 30: Azerbaijan (Baku).

May 7: Miami

May 21: Emilia-Romagna (Imola).

May 28: Monaco

June 4: Spain (Barcelona).

June 18: Canada (Montreal)

July 2: Austria (Red Bull Ring)

July 9: UK (Silverstone)

July 23: Hungary (Budapest)

July 30: Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)

August 27: Netherlands (Zandvoort)

September 3: Italy (Monza)

September 17: Singapore (Marina Bay)

September 24: Japan (Suzuka)

October 8: Qatar (Lusail).

October 22: United States (Austin)

October 29: Mexico (Mexico City)

November 5: Brazil (São Paulo)

November 18: Las Vegas

November 26: Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

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