Formula 1: The 2023 season will have a record 24-race calendar

The Las Vegas Grand Prix’s 3.8-mile course will include a portion of the Nevada resort city’s famed Strip.

A record 24-race schedule has been confirmed by Formula 1’s governing body for the 2023 season.

The new Las Vegas race and the return of Qatar and China next year make it the longest season ever despite missing out on the French Grand Prix.

The season starts in Bahrain on March 5th and ends in Abu Dhabi on November 26th.

Las Vegas will be the penultimate event on November 18, while China has been given the date of April 16, after a three-year absence due to the Covid pandemic.

Monaco and Belgium have kept their positions after getting new contracts – Belgium only for one year. The British Grand Prix will be held on July 9.

The schedule has been drawn up by F1, but confirmed on Tuesday by the FIA’s governing body world motorsport council, as per protocol.

There were no details of the events that will be the ‘sprints’, with a shorter race on Saturday deciding the grid for the main Grand Prix.

F1 wants to increase the number of them from three to six in 2023, and agreed this with the teams in the spring, but FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem has so far blocked the plan.

The FIA ​​said in April that it wanted to analyze the impact of increasing the number of sprints on its staff and resources.

Ben Sulayem has asked the FIA ​​to increase F1’s financial contribution in return for his deal, according to multiple senior sources close to the situation.

An FIA spokesman told BBC Sport on Tuesday that there were “no surprises” in the sprint events, but “it is not what is being announced today”.

When asked why it took five months not to reach an agreement, the spokesperson said “they didn’t know there was a specific deadline”.

F1 president Stefano Domenicali said the increase in the number of races was due to the fact that “Formula 1 has an unprecedented demand to host races and it is important to get the right balance across the sport.

“We are very pleased with the continued strong momentum of Formula 1 and the great news is that we will be able to bring our passionate fans a mix of exciting new locations such as Las Vegas to the Championship, which has much-loved locations in Europe and Asia. and the Americas.”

Ben Sulayem said the record schedule is “further proof of the growth and appeal of the sport on a global scale”.

2023 F1 calendar

March 5: Bahrain (Sakhir)

March 19: Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)

April 2: Australia (Melbourne)

April 16: China (Shanghai)

April 30: Azerbaijan (Baku)

May 7: Miami

May 21: Emilia Romagna (Imola)

May 28: Monaco

June 4: Spain (Barcelona)

June 18: Canada (Montreal)

July 2: Austria (Red Bull Ring)

July 9: United Kingdom (Silverstone)

July 23: Hungary (Budapest)

July 30: Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)

August 27: The Netherlands (Zandvoort)

September 3: Italy (Monza)

September 17: Singapore (Marina Bay)

September 24: Japan (Suzuka)

October 8: Qatar (Losail)

October 22: USA (Austin)

October 29: Mexico (Mexico City)

November 5: Brazil (Sao Paulo)

November 18: Las Vegas

November 26: Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)