Formula 1 has finally decided not to replace the cancelled Russian race. The World Championship calendar for the current season will thus be reduced to 22 Grand Prix, the racing series announced on Wednesday.
Originally, the guest race in Sochi was scheduled for 25 September. However, due to the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, Formula 1 cancelled the race and also terminated the already concluded contract with St. Petersburg for the next few years.
With the decision, the record of 23 Grand Prix in one season is also cancelled. Formula 1 will now take a three-week break between the race in Monza, Italy, on 11 September and the night race in Singapore on 2 October.
After the Russia cancellation, Qatar, Portugal and Turkey were initially discussed as possible replacement venues. A second race in Singapore was also discussed. But because of the increased freight costs and the already high burden on the teams due to the exhausting race calendar, the decision has now been made against a replacement race.