The F1 board has announced a record 24 race schedule for next year’s Formula 1 world championship.
The F1 Circus begins in Bahrain over the weekend of March 3-5, with Abu Dhabi once again the final race of the season in late November. The FIA 2023 Formula 1 calendar sees the emergence of a new circuit, the return of two former locations, and action in what will be a busy year for the sport.
The calendar sees the return of the Chinese Grand Prix for the first time in four years. It also features the re-listing of Qatar in early October. Perhaps the main part of the ad, the first installment of the Las Vegas Grand Prix. Las Vegas will form a double header with Abu Dhabi to close out the 2023 season.
Azerbaijan was moved earlier in the year until April to become the fifth round of the tournament. Monaco, recently confirmed until 2025, will take place in late May alongside Emilia Romagna. Care has been taken to avoid a clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours, with the FIA ensuring that such planning would “improve” all of their governing world championship calendars.
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The spa returns but with conflict
The Belgian Grand Prix returns after organizers approved a new one-year contract with the FIA. But there is still confusion over its placement as it was scheduled over the same weekend as the 24 Hours of racing of the GT World Challenge Europe series. As expected, the French Grand Prix, Paul Richard, was dropped from the 2023 calendar.
In the official FIA press release, President Mohamed bin Sulayem said:
The presence of 24 races in the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship calendar is further evidence of the sport’s growth and appeal on a global scale. The addition of new venues and the retention of traditional events underscores the FIA’s proper management of sport. I am delighted that we will be able to take the new Formula 1 era of exciting racing, created by the 2022 FIA regulations, to a wider fan base in 2023. Within the 2023 F1 calendar, WMSC members were also familiar with the timing of the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans..
Jennie Gow September 20 2022
Much attention will be focused on Las Vegas’ first appearance on the Formula 1 calendar. The street circuit that houses the famous “Sin City” landmark will be the venue for the penultimate round of Saturday’s first F1 race since 1985. The Las Vegas GP is scheduled to start at 10pm local time. Expect more announcements about the off-season calendar, pre-season testing schedules, and Sprint races in the coming months.
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