FIA has released the F1 calendar for 2023 this Tuesday. The schedule was previously approved in a virtual vote by the World Motor Sport Council. The upcoming season will be the longest in Continental Circus history with a record 24 races.
The Championship will kick off on March 5 in Bahrain and conclude on November 26 in Abu Dhabi. A week before the Emirati event, Las Vegas will make its F1 debut on November 18 as well as Qatar on October 8. Likewise, China (April 16) is back to host a GP again for the first time since 2019, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced its withdrawal.
Monaco and Belgium, whose future was thrown into doubt, have finally been saved. The single-seaters will roar in the streets of the Principality once again on May 28, two months before they compete at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps Circuit on July 30. France, on the other hand,as expected, has note made it into next year’s calendar.
Regarding date changes, Azerbaijan will be brought forward from June to April 30, to be held just before Miami (May 7) as Spain (June 4) and Monaco (May 28) will exchange their traditional order. Meanwhile, Canada (June 18) remains the last round before returning to Europe ahead of the summer.
Introducing the 2023 F1 Calendar 👀
— Formula 1 (@F1) September 20, 2022
There will also be changes in the traditional race order ahead of the summer break with Hungary, now on July 23, swapping places with Belgium, which will be brought forward to the 30th of that same month. The Netherlands (August 27) will now mark the return to the competition after the summer holidays, instead of Belgium. A week later, the Championship will bid goodbye to Europe in Italy (September 3) and set sail for its Asian and Middle Eastern tours. Next, it will be the turn of Singapore (September 17), Japan (September 24) and Qatar (October 8).
From the Persian Gulf, participants and their entourage will cross the Atlantic to come head-to-head in Austin (October 22), Mexico (October 29) and Brazil (November 5), concluding the American leg of the Championship in Las Vegas (18 November). Finally, Formula One will travel to Abu Dhabi (26 November) for the grand finale.
FIA & F1 very happy with F1 calendar for 2023
In a public note, the FIA has highlighted its efforts to prevent the 2023 F1 calendar from clashing with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the aim of “optimizing all of the World Championship race calendars”. The legendary French endurance race will now take place on June 10 and 11, in between the Canadian and Spanish F1 Grands Prix.
In this sense, the FIA’s president, Mohammed ben Sulayen, had the following to say about F1 calendar for 2023:
“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.
“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,” finished the Emiratí.
— Formula 1 (@F1) September 20, 2022
In a similar tone, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali stated:
“We are excited to announce the 2023 calendar with 24 races around the world. Formula 1 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,” added the Italian boss.
Images of F1 calendar for 2023: Formula One. com