Formula 1 has published its calendar for the 2023 season which has now been ratified by the FIA. The season starts in Bahrain on March 5th and runs to the last week in November at the usual season close in Abu Dhabi. It is set to be a record-setting 24 races in total – the maximum allowed under F1’s Concorde Agreement.
It’s a schedule that will hold on to cherished historical venues whose spots once looked to be in jeopardy and welcome back some past hosts after a brief hiatus. There will also be one hotly anticipated new venue making its debut on the calendar.
In the words of Stefano Domenicali, the CEO of Formula 1: “We are excited to announce the 2023 calendar with 24 races around the world. Formula 1 has unprecedented demand to host races and it is important we get the balance right for the entire sport.
“We are very pleased with the strong momentum Formula 1 continues to experience and it is great news that we will be able to bring our passionate fans a mix of exciting new locations such as Las Vegas to the Championship with much-loved venues across Europe, Asia and the Americas.”
F1 has tried to pursue events in new markets while balancing that with the need to retain popular and established circuits. The new calendar says au revoir to the French GP, but the failure to secure a new race in South Africa means Spa-Francorchamps retains a place on the calendar.
The popular Belgian circuit signed a one-year extension ahead of this year’s race in August to the relief of many F1 fans. Unusually it will take place in July, the last race before the summer break. Monaco meanwhile, whose contract expired this year has secured an extension to run until at least 2025.
The Chinese GP was the first casualty of a raft of cancellations and postponements in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Since then, the country’s strict zero Covid policy has kept the race off the calendar for three straight years and some doubts linger whether the Grand Prix will in fact return next year. If it does, the race will be back on in Shanghai in what was its normal April slot.
The Qatar GP was first staged last year at the Losail International Circuit and took a break in 2022 for the Gulf nation to focus on the World Cup. The Doha venue will make its return, as expected in 2023 and is set for an October date.
The only new race in 2023 is the Las Vegas Grand Prix. The date is set for Saturday, November 18th, making it the penultimate race of the season.
- March 5 – Bahrain – Sakhir
- March 19 – Saudi Arabia – Jeddah
- April 2 – Australia – Melbourne
- April 16 – China – Shanghai
- April 30 – Azerbaijan – Baku
- May 7 – Miami – Miami
- May 21 – Emilia Romagna – Imola
- May 28 – Monaco – Monaco
- June 4 – Spain – Barcelona
- June 18 – Canada – Montreal
- July 2 – Austria – Spielberg
- July 9 – United Kingdom – Silverstone
- July 23 – Hungary – Budapest
- July 30 – Belgium – Spa Francorchamps
- August 27 – Netherlands – Zandvoort
- September 3 – Italy – Monza
- September 17 – Singapore – Singapore
- September 24 – Japan – Suzuka
- October 8 – Qatar – Losail
- October 22 – USA – Austin
- October 29 – Mexico – Mexico City
- November 5 – Brazil – Sao Paulo
- November 18 – Las Vegas – Las Vegas
- November 26 – Abu Dhabi – Yas Marina
I’m Danny, an incurable Formula 1 fan for over 30 years and founder of The F1 Spectator. My aim is to inform and inspire, arming you with helpful tips and advice for your next F1 trip.