Formula 1 has unveiled its longest ever calendar for 2023. Next season’s 24-race schedule includes the return of the Chinese and Qatar Grands Prix plus the addition of the all-new Las Vegas Grand Prix.
The 24-race 2023 Formula 1 calendar has been unveiled. The season is set to begin on the first weekend of March with the Bahrain Grand Prix. The March 5 race will mark the earliest start to an F1 season since 2002. The season will come to a close on the last weekend of November in Abu Dhabi.
There is a major new addition to the calendar in 2023 in the form of the Las Vegas Grand Prix. Formula 1 will return to Nevada for the first time since 1982 for the penultimate race of the year; a street race, which will take place on Saturday night along the Las Vegas Strip. With further races in Miami and Austin, the 2023 calendar is the first to feature three Grands Prix in the United States since the early 1980s.
Also scheduled to make a return for the first time since 2019 is the Chinese Grand Prix. Zhou Guanyu will become the first Chinese driver to race at home at Shanghai International Circuit on April 16. The Qatar Grand Prix also returns after a year on the sidelines, taking place as a stand-alone event on October 8.
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It’s yet to be confirmed which rounds will feature Sprint events, though it is believed there will be three on the schedule, the same as there have been in both 2021 and 2022. Sprint races are expected to be confirmed in the new year. Pre-season testing dates are also yet to be announced.
New slots for Belgium, Azerbaijan and others
The 2023 Formula 1 calendar looks somewhat different to the 2022 schedule, with a number of races having moved position. Perhaps most notably, the Belgian Grand Prix will take place before the summer break. In recent years, the Spa race has been the first race following the summer break but in 2023 it moves to July 30, as the final race before the summer break. It is the first time since 1987 that the event has not been held in late August or early September. Spa was handed a one-year reprieve to remain on the calendar in 2023 after plans to stage the South African Grand Prix next year fell through.
Another mover is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The race took place in mid-June in 2022, forming a double header with the Canadian Grand Prix. That will not be the case in 2023, with the Baku race moving to April 30, back-to-back with the Miami Grand Prix which follows one week later.
Meanwhile, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix takes place on the later date of May 21 in 2023, having been held in April in the last two seasons, while the Spanish Grand Prix moves from its usual May slot to June 4. With an earlier season start date, many of the races in the early part of the season have been brought forwards by two weeks compared to 2022. So too have the Singapore and Japanese Grands Prix, which will take place on September 17 and 24 respectively next year.
As expected, the French Grand Prix will not take place in 2023. After much speculation about the Monaco Grand Prix in recent months, the event does appear on next year’s calendar, though details of a new contract have not yet been announced.
Two triple headers on the 2023 calendar
With 24 races, 2023 will mark the longest ever F1 season. There were plans for 23 races in 2022, but the cancellation of the Russian Grand Prix saw that number fall to 22. Although the season begins two weeks earlier than in 2021 to accommodate an extra race, there remains two sets of triple header races in the 2023 calendar.
The first triple header features the Emilia Romagna, Monaco and Spanish Grands Prix taking place on successive weekends through late May and early June. The second follows in October, where F1 will race in the United States, Mexico and Brazil on consecutive weekends.
2023 tickets already on sale
Tickets for a number of 2023 races are already available. The Austrian Grand Prix won the race to be first on sale for next year. It’s estimated that over 50,000 tickets for the event sold within three days of becoming available. Tickets for the Hungarian Grand Prix – which had an attendance of close to 300,000 in 2022 – are also now available, as are tickets for the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in June.