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FIA reveals 24 race calendar for 2023

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22/09/2022

Following approval of the World Motor Sport Council by e-vote, the FIA has revealed a record 24 race schedule for 2023 as France is dropped and Spa loses its traditional Bank Holiday slot.

The Bahrain Grand Prix will open the championship on March 5, while the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will take its usual place at the season finale on November 26.

The Qatar Grand Prix, on October 8, returns after a one-year absence while the addition of the Las Vegas Grand Prix, as the penultimate round, will be the third event in the United States joining races in Miami and Austin.

Monaco, which was thought to be under threat, remains on a schedule which includes two of the highly unpopular triple headers. The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is followed by Monaco and Spain, while the US Grand Prix is followed by Mexico and Brazil.

Meanwhile, in a move that will hit team personnel, drivers and the media hard, just over a week after that final triple-header, the final back-to-back sees the circus travel over 8,000 miles from Las Vegas to Abu Dhabi, a trip of over 17 hours with an 11 hour time difference.

"We are excited to announce the 2023 calendar with 24 races around the world," said F1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali. "Formula One has unprecedented demand to host races and it is important we get the balance right for the entire sport.

"We are very pleased with the strong momentum Formula 1 continues to experience and it is great news that we will be able to bring our passionate fans a mix of exciting new locations such as Las Vegas to the Championship with much loved venues across Europe, Asia and the Americas."

The 2023 calendar will avoid a clash with the 24 Hours of Le Mans as part of the WMSC members' efforts to optimise all world championship race calendars.

"The presence of 24 races on the 2023 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar is further evidence of the growth and appeal of the sport on a global scale," said FIA president, Mohammed ben Sulayem. "The addition of new venues and the retention of traditional events underlines the FIA's sound stewardship of the sport.

"I am delighted that we will be able to take Formula 1's new era of exciting racing, created by the FIA's 2022 Regulations, to a broader fan base in 2023.

"In framing the 2023 F1 calendar, WMSC Members have also been mindful of the timing of the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans."

Date Race Circuit
05-Mar Bahrain Sakhir
19-Mar Saudi Arabia Jeddah
02-Apr Australia Melbourne
16-Apr China Shanghai
30-Apr Azerbaijan Baku
07-May Miami** Miami
21-May Emilia Romagna* Imola
28-May Monaco Monaco
04-Jun Spain Barcelona
18-Jun Canada Montreal
02-Jul Austria Spielberg
09-Jul United Kingdom Silverstone
23-Jul Hungary Budapest
30-Jul Belgium Spa Francorchamps
27-Aug Netherlands Zandvoort
03-Sep Italy Monza
17-Sep Singapore* Singapore
24-Sep Japan Suzuka
08-Oct Qatar Qatar
22-Oct USA* Austin
29-Oct Mexico Mexico City
05-Nov Brazil Sao Paulo
18-Nov Las Vegas Las Vegas
26-Nov Abu Dhabi Yas Marina

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1. Posted by BrightonCorgi, 22/09/2022 20:47

"Drop China. Replace with Malaysia."

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2. Posted by ancient70!, 22/09/2022 14:36

"As I see it, next year I will spend nearly half my weekends, from Friday to Sunday watching F1? Somehow I am beginning to doubt that, its starting to get boring. Many of the latest venues are there not because they provide exciting racing, but because they bring lots of dollars."

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3. Posted by trackrecords, 21/09/2022 10:42

"Spa in the middle of summer - heatwave in the Ardennes? With Zandvoort information the Bank Holiday spot that air show is still going to clash, sadly. "

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4. Posted by trackrecords, 21/09/2022 10:39

"Do they ever consult an atlas when they decide the calendar? Surely the logical route is not Spielberg, Silverstone, Budapest but Silverstone, Spielberg then Budapest keeping going in one direction and saving the teams a fortune in transportation. It may be fine heading for reducing the cars burning fossil fuels, but when all the ancillaries are going in diesel lorries the argument does rather fall apart .."

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5. Posted by Editor, 21/09/2022 8:51

"@ Bill Hopgood

And let's not forget Vietnam"

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6. Posted by ian_w, 21/09/2022 1:19

"When I started watching F1 ('78), there were 16 races: 2 South American (Arg, Bra), S. Africa, US West (Long Beach), 10 European races, US (Watkins Glen) and Canada. So basically, Europe, plus a bunch of former colonies with strong racing histories.

As the sport has generally moved globally (follow the money), you are now at 9 European races, 3 (up from 2) US races, Canada, Brazil and Mexico (substitute for Arg, who also want back but is broke), plus 4 Middle Eastern races and 5 Asia Pacific (call Baku - Asia, though more closely aligned w/Middle Eastern/oil states)!

The only viable alternative to remain a "global sport" and satisfy all the grubby hands is a number of venues will have to alternate annually. It will suck for many, but may make it more interesting as it will be harder to setup cars at less fresh/familiar tracks.

Touch call when most of the $$$ are coming from the Middle East and Asia Pacific"

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7. Posted by Fambank, 20/09/2022 20:18

"Wondering what will happen in 2026 when there is a possibility having 3 big
German car companies in F1. Surely they want a German GP.
Liberty will absolutely do something else, but I would drop LV or Miami."

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8. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 20/09/2022 19:17

"F1 really needs to stop races getting started, hosting a few GP then being dropped i.e. France this time around.
All that organising, work, money and effort only to loose the event, which appeared to be rather popular."

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9. Posted by Burton, 20/09/2022 18:39

"Guess I'll miss a race here and there...but after missing one or three you kinda start forgetting and miss more etc etc"

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10. Posted by JamesD, 20/09/2022 18:15

"Quantity does not guarantee quality ..."

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