According to the provisional calendar approved by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) on Friday, this is the record for 23 races awaited for next year’s Formula 1 circus.
Due to the epidemic, many countries that had to cancel their races over the past two years, including Canada, Australia, Singapore and Japan, are regaining their place.
The Montreal F1 World Championship stopover is scheduled for June 19 in Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, a week after the Grand Prix Baku in Azerbaijan.
China is still winning
China, on the other hand, was excluded from the F1 route in 2022, for the third year in a row. This stage will be replaced by Emilia-Romagna’s GP at the Imola Circuit, which, many years later, has now become a regular round championship.
Strict detention measures imposed in China, where the epidemic began, forced F1 officers to hit the destination for the third year in a row. But it only feels like a “postponement,” as we read in the press release.
Another significant shortcoming is that despite the fact that the German, manufacturer Mercedes has been a great ambassador for motorsport queen discipline for years.
Beginning in Bahrain: If Australia returns, it will traditionally lose its initial round status before the epidemic. Before heading to Melbourne, F1 cars stop in Bahrain (Zakhir) and Saudi Arabia (Jeddah).
Two triple programs: The calendar consists of two rounds of three races in three weeks. When first returning from summer vacation, it was in Belgium (August 28), the Netherlands (September 4) and Italy (September 11), then Russia (September 25), Singapore (October 2) and Japan (October 9).
Dubbed in the United States: The big news in 2022 is the company of a GP on the outskirts of Miami in Florida in a temporary layout near the Miami Dolphins Football Stadium (NFL). You must return to 1984 (Detroit and Dallas) and 1983 (Detroit and Long Beach) to count the two F1 races in the United States in the same year.
Three days only: The traditional Thursday media tour ended in Paddock. To give teams some break, race weekends officially begin on Friday. Is this the end of the famous “Open Day” in Circuit Gilles?
Villeneuve? It would be a shame. The first two free practice sessions in Monaco do not take place on Thursday, but like everywhere else on Friday it is the end of an era.
Eight warm-up days: The F1 winter test is now extended to eight days (not three like this year), five in Barcelona (February 21-25) and three in Bahrain (March 10-12). The new regulations in this extension will allow teams to improve preparation for the season that will completely change the look and especially the behavior of cars.
Courses Sprint: F1 leaders will intensify the performance of sprint races in 2022 (replacing Saturday’s qualifying session). At least seven Grand Prix (compared to three this year) will host them, but it is too early to know what the relevant stopovers will be.