The FIA has published the new race calendar for the 2023 Formula 1 season. For the first time, there will be 24 races. Las Vegas will return after a long break, there will also be another race in Shanghai, and Monaco remains a doubtful candidate.
Formula 1 is planning 24 races next year for the first time in the history of motorsport’s premier class. Among other places, Shanghai in China is to host another race, Las Vegas is returning and Monaco remains a shaky candidate. As expected, there will be no German race, according to the calendar published by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) on Tuesday after an e-voting by the members of the World Motor Sport Council.
Sochi will also be absent next year
FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem said the 24-race total was “further evidence of the growth and appeal” of Formula One worldwide. This year, the World Championship will be decided in 22 races. 23 had been planned, but due to the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, the Grand Prix in the former Olympic venue of Sochi was canceled. It should have taken place next weekend. Formula 1 will not compete in Russia in 2023 either.
It will start again in Bahrain, with the season opener scheduled for 5 March. It will go via Saudi Arabia to Australia, then to China. But the European start will also be stressful with three races – Imola, Monte Carlo, and Barcelona – on three consecutive weekends. No Formula 1 race is scheduled for the weekend of the endurance classic at Le Mans (10 and 11 June). The return of the premier class to Las Vegas and thus the third race in the booming US market next year after Miami and Austin is scheduled for 18 November. One week later, the season comes to an end in Abu Dhabi.