Formula 1 has released its 2023 calendar which will feature a record 24 world championship rounds that will unfold from Bahrain in March to Abu Dhabi in November.
A first glance as the schedule reveals the presence of the Monaco Grand Prix that was at risk of being dropped, while the Chinese Grand Prix that last took place in 2019 at Shanghai has been given a provisional date of April 16, pending the country exiting its Covid-19 restrictions.
But as expected, there will be no French Grand Prix next year.
Furthermore, fans of both F1 and the World Endurance Championship will be relieved to see that there will be no clash between the two series on the weekend of the Le Mans 24 Hours, with the traditional sportscar classic slotted in between the Spanish and Canadian Grands Prix.
However, while F1 vowed to facilitate logistics and travels by grouping races by regions as much as possible, the schedule retains several gruelling long hops for teams.
In April/May, teams will certainly enjoy an alluring Baku/Miami double-header, while in November everyone will begin their final month of racing in Brazil with the third leg of a US-Mexico-Sao Paulo triple-header before traveling to the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix before packing up undertaking the long trek to Abu Dhabi!
The 2023 calendar, which was ratified by an e-vote of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council, makes no mention so far of where Sprint races will be added to a race weekend's programme.
“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,” commented FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem.
“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.”
The FIA Formula 1 World Championship - 2023 calendar
5 March - Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir
19 March - Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Jeddah
2 April - Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park
16 April - Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai
30 April - Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku
7 May - Miami Grand Prix, Miami
21 May - Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola
28 May - Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo
4 June - Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona
18 June - Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal
2 July - Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg
9 July - British Grand Prix, Silverstone
23 July - Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring
30 July - Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps
27 August - Dutch Grand Prix, Zandvoort
3 September - Italian Grand Prix, Monza
17 September - Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay
24 September - Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka
8 October - Qatar Grand Prix, Losail
22 October - United States Grand Prix, Austin
29 October - Mexico City Grand Prix, Mexico City
5 November - Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Interlagos
18 November - Las Vegas Grand Prix, Las Vegas
26 November - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina