QATAR POSTPONES ITS STAGE, CHINA RETURNS
The World Council of the International Federation of Motorsport (FIA) has published a calendar for the next season, which will start on March 5 with a race in Bahrain. Then in two weeks we will have a race in Saudi Arabia, in Jeddah. And then “Formula 1” will leave the Middle East, returning there only in the fall. The organizers of the Qatar Grand Prix, having entered the race in 2021, recognized the experience as a success. This year, Qatar is not up to racing, the whole country is waiting for the World Cup, but in 2023, the Losail track is again ready to host Formula 1. But since reconstruction work is planned there, the race will take place in the fall (October 8).
But after a visit to Australia (the race in Melbourne will take place on April 2), Formula 1 will return to Shanghai. The Chinese Grand Prix, which was canceled three times due to the pandemic, returns to the championship calendar on April 16.
In 2023, a fairly early Azerbaijan Grand Prix will take place. The race in Baku will be held on April 30. And almost immediately after it – May 7 – the Miami Grand Prix. You will not envy logisticians, because they will have to work on two continents at once in a very short time.
IN EUROPE ALMOST NO CHANGES
This season, fans are waiting for two built-in segments of the championship – when three races are held in three weeks in a row. The first “tee” will open the European part of the season – Imola (May 21), Monaco (May 28), Barcelona (June 4). In Monaco, they can breathe a sigh of relief, the contract for holding races in the Principality has been signed until 2025. So we will see at least three more races on the streets of Monte Carlo.
Then a break to travel to Canada (June 18) and back to Europe.
After the French Grand Prix left the calendar, the European part of the season was shortened. The Canadian race will be followed by a set traditional in recent years: Austria (July 2), Great Britain (July 9), Hungary (July 23) and Belgium (July 30). The race at Spa will take place before the summer break. Fans of the Belgian track have reason to worry. Only the failure of negotiations to organize the race in South Africa helped Spa stay on the calendar. But what happened once is not the fact that it will happen again. And it may well be that in 2024 Formula 1 will not come to Belgium.
The second half of the championship will begin on August 27 in Zandvoort, the Netherlands, and the race in Italy, like this year, will end the European part of the season.
THREE RACES IN THE USA AND THE FINAL IN ABU DHABI
“The addition of new circuits and the retention of traditional circuits highlights the sound leadership of the FIA in this sport. I am delighted that in 2023 we will be able to introduce a new era of exciting Formula 1 racing to a wider range of fans,” commented FIA President Mohammed bin Sulayem on the season calendar.
As in this year, the final part of the season will open the race in Singapore (September 17) and Japan (September 24).
After a visit to Qatar, Formula 1 will return to the American continent, where the second built segment will take place: Austin (October 22), Mexico (October 29), Brazil (November 5). Next year, Formula 1 will come to the USA three times. And the third stage will be the debut – the Las Vegas Grand Prix – November 18th. As previously planned, the race will take place on Saturday evening.
The final of the record-breaking championship will traditionally be hosted by the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. In 2023, the final race of the season will take place on 26 November.