Formula 1: Official 2023 calendar revealed

Lewis Hamilton ahead of the field at Zandvoort

The 2023 Formula 1 calendar has been revealed, with a record-breaking 24 races on the agenda for next year.

The season will start on March 5th at Sakhir International Circuit in Bahrain and run all the way through to November 26th at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

In that time, the sport will span the globe, racing at iconic venues like Monte-Carlo and Spa-Francorchamps, with both staying on the calendar for next year, as well as heading to newer destinations like Las Vegas and Qatar, which makes its return to the schedule after its debut in 2021.

FIA confirms the 2023 Formula 1 season calendar:

Once again the season starts in Bahrain, with Saudi Arabia again following as round two, before the usual trip down under to Albert Park and Australia for round three.

China is back on the agenda for the first time since the pandemic began and sits in round four’s spot ahead of Azerbaijan, which could be seen as the start of the European season.

The second Miami Grand Prix follows that before the nuts and bolts of the European campaign really gets going, though Canada once again finds itself wedged in the middle of that part of the season.

With the loss of the French Grand Prix for next year, Belgium moves to the other side of the summer break compared to this year’s slot, meaning Zandvoort will host the first race back, before Italy completes the European season in early September.

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 11: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team W13 leads Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Aston Martin AMR22 Mercedes during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on September 11, 2022 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

We then head back further afield to Singapore and Japan before the final six races of the season jump between the Middle East and the Americas, with a double-header completing the championship in Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi, with Vegas joining the calendar and hosting its race on Saturday evening local time.

Stefano Domenicali, CEO of Formula 1 said:

“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.”

It’s set to be a thrilling season but certainly a long one, with the sport’s calendar getting bigger and bigger to accomodate the growing interest globally in the competition.

We also see well over half of the races in the year now held outside of Europe, which is some shift for the championship’s roots, and again underlines the boom F1 is enjoying.

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