Formula 1 plans record year 2023 with 24 races

Even more races for Formula 1. The pinnacle of motorsport inflates its calendar to 24 Grands Prix.

A lot of America, even more of the Middle East and the return of China and Qatar: Formula 1 will continue to inflate its calendar in 2023 and is aiming for the next record. 24 races are to take place in the coming season, on Tuesday the motorsport world council of the world association FIA approved the official plan.

The addition of two more races is “proof of the growth and appeal of the sport on a global level,” said FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem euphorically: “The addition of new venues and the retention of traditional events underscores the solid leadership of the sport the FIA.”

The previous high from this and last year is 22 Grands Prix. A new addition is the city race in Las Vegas, which is scheduled to take place on November 18th as the penultimate event. World champions Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Co. race up and down the notorious Strip under floodlights. After Miami (May 7th) and Austin (October 22nd) it is already the third US race.

For the racing teams, more races not only mean more presence, but also greater challenges. The teams are already groaning under the high strain, especially double and triple headers are complex and, of course, expensive because of the immense logistics.

The new plan calls for six races on consecutive weekends. Races in the premier class of motorsport even take place twice in a row over three weekends.

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But Formula 1 wants to fully enjoy its boom. The Qatar Grand Prix (October 8th) is also returning after a one-year break. With the opener in Bahrain (March 5th), the second race of the season in Saudi Arabia (March 19th) and the finale in Abu Dhabi (November 26th), four races are taking place in the Arabian region.

The Chinese Grand Prix (April 16), which has not been held since 2020 due to the pandemic, is also scheduled to return. The street race in Monaco (May 28), which seemed questionable in the meantime, will also be there next year. In addition, Formula 1 announced that the contract with the prestigious Grand Prix in the Principality had been extended until “at least 2025”. There hasn’t been a German Grand Prix for years.

A little bit of space would actually still be in the calendar. The current set of rules allows 25 races in a season.

The Formula 1 calendar for 2023 at a glance:

5. März: Sakhir/Bahrain

March 19: Jeddah/Saudi Arabia

April 2nd: Melbourne/Australia

16. April: Shanghai/China

April 30: Baku/Azerbaijan

7. Never: Miami / USA

21. Never: Imola / Emilia Romagna

28. Never: Munich

4. June: Barcelona/Spain

18. June: Montreal/Canada

July 2: Spielberg/Austria

July 9: Silverstone/Great Britain

23 July: Budapest/Hungary

July 30: Spa/Belgium

27. August: Zandvoort/Netherlands

September 3: Monza/Italy

17. September: Singapore

September 24: Suzuka/Japan

8. October: Losail/Qatar

October 22: Austin/USA

October 29: Mexico City/Mexico

November 5: Sao Paulo/Brazil

November 18: Las Vegas/USA

26. November: Abu Dhabi