System One’s calendar for 2023 has been introduced with a report variety of 24 races, the utmost allowed underneath the present business settlement with the groups. The schedule was permitted by a gathering of the FIA’s world motor sport council on Tuesday.
This yr F1 is to host 22 races however with new conferences being added as the game enjoys a surge in recognition the world over, it should try to carry essentially the most intensive season within the sport’s historical past in 2023.
The variety of races will push F1 group personnel to the restrict. July alone will function 4 races throughout two double headers, with 4 additional pairs of back-to-back races to come back in its wake.
In August the Purple Bull group principal, Christian Horner, described 24 races as “proper on the restrict” of what may very well be requested of groups. The F1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali, additionally mentioned this yr he believed the quantity was as excessive as the game ought to go.
“Round 24 grands prix, 23, 24 most,” he mentioned. “I don’t wish to talk about any greater than that quantity as a result of then now we have the issue of devaluation of [events].”
The season will open in Bahrain on 5 March and can conclude in Abu Dhabi on 26 November, whereas the British GP will likely be held on 9 July. New conferences in Las Vegas and Qatar are confirmed as is the Monaco GP, whose future had been thought of to be underneath risk, on 28 Might as a part of the one triple-header of the season after the Emilia Romagna GP and earlier than the Spanish GP.
The US will host three races, in Austin, Miami and Las Vegas, with the latter forming a double-header with the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
As anticipated the proposed assembly in South Africa was not included however China has returned with a date scheduled for 16 April. That assembly stays topic to the Covid restrictions imposed within the nation nonetheless and its place early within the schedule suggests whether it is cancelled it may very well be changed later within the yr.
The Belgian GP at Spa, additionally thought of to be underneath risk, retained its place on 30 July however as anticipated the French GP is now not featured. There’s additionally no conflict with the Le Mans 24 Hours which can happen on 10-11 June between the Spanish and Canadian GPs.
Regardless of sturdy opposition and criticism from human rights teams and a few drivers the Saudi Arabian GP stays on the calendar.
Domenicali welcomed the report breaking schedule. “System 1 has unprecedented demand to host races and it’s important we get the steadiness proper for the complete sport,” he mentioned. “We’re very happy with the sturdy momentum System 1 continues to expertise.”