The 2022 season of Formula 1 will have 23 Grand Prizes, from Bahrain the March 20 to Abu Dhabi on November 20, without the presence of China, accor
The 2022 season of Formula 1 will have 23 Grand Prizes, from Bahrain the March 20 to Abu Dhabi on November 20, without the presence of China, according to the calendar made official this Friday.
This total figure of 23 races, if the coronavirus pandemic allows it, is a record that should have already been reached in 2021, before the different cancellations and rescheduling.
The main surprise of the calendar ratified this Friday by the World Motor Sports Council is the absence for the third consecutive year of the Chinese GP in Shanghai, “due to the current conditions of the pandemic.”
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He is replaced by the Emilia-Romagna GP at Imola, Italy, on April 24. “China will come back as soon as conditions allow,” F1 specified in a statement.
As expected, a second Grand Prix in the United States (a priority market for F1 and its owner since 2017, the American group Liberty Media) will debut in Miami, Florida, on May 8.
The season will begin in Bahrain, before heading to Saudi Arabia (which will host its first GP on the streets of Jeddah on December 5) on March 27.
Canceled in 2019 and 2020, the Australian GP is scheduled on April 10, before Imola and Miami.
They are followed by Spain (May 22), Monaco (May 29), Azerbaijan (June 12) and Canada (June 19), also canceled these last two years.
Like the rest, the Monaco GP will be held in three days, and not in four as was the case traditionally.
– Dense program –
The return after the August break is similar to 2021 with Belgium (August 28) before the Netherlands (September 4), Italy (September 11) and Russia (September 25).
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F1 will then go to Singapore, where it has not been present since 2019 (October 2).
Japan He also makes his return after two years of absence (October 9), followed by the United States in Austin (October 23), Mexico (October 30), Brazil (November 13) and the traditional final in Abu Dhabi (November 20). ).
This record schedule includes two “triple headers” (three GPs in three weeks) and seven “back-to-back” (two GPs in two weeks). A dense program that presumably raises criticism about the pace imposed on drivers and teams.
The championship regulations establish a maximum of 25 Grand Prizes per season, but F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali aims to stay no more than 23.
The 2022 season will see the introduction of new cars with aerodynamics designed to allow drivers to follow and overtake more easily. This could lead to a rebalancing of forces, after Mercedes dominated hegemonically between 2014 and 2020, before noticing Red Bull competition in 2021.
F1 calendar in 2022:
March 20: Bahrain (Sakhir) + F2 + F3
March 27: Saudi Arabia (Jeddah) + F2
April 10: Australia (Melbourne)
April 24: Emilia-Romagna (Imola) * + F2 + F3
May 8: Miami (Miami Gardens) **
May 22: Spain (Barcelona) * + F2 + F3
May 29: Monaco (Monte Carlo) + F2
June 12: Azerbaijan (Baku) + F2
June 19: Canada (Montreal)
July 3: Great Britain (Silverstone) + F2 + F3
July 10: Austria (Spielberg) + F2 + F3
July 24: France (Le Castellet)
July 31: Hungary (Budapest) + F2 + F3
August 28: Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps) + F2 + F3
September 4: Netherlands (Zandvoort) + F2 + F3
September 11: Italy (Monza) + F2 + F3
September 25: Russia (Sochi) + F2
October 2: Singapore (Marina Bay) *
October 9: Japan (Suzuka)
October 23: United States (Austin) *
October 30: Mexico (Mexico)
November 13: Brazil (Sao Paulo)
November 20: Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina) + F2