Motor racing-New contract for Monaco as F1 sets record 24-race schedule
Formula 1 will have a record 24 races next season with Las Vegas making its bright debut in November and Monaco signing a new deal to secure its place on the calendar until at least 2025.
The ruling FIA announced approval of the calendar on Tuesday, with the Las Vegas Strip circuit taking a November 18 date as the penultimate round of the season and third in the United States. It will also be the first race held on a Saturday since 1985.
“The Las Vegas Grand Prix is going to take F1 race weekends to the next level,” said Formula 1 Managing Director Stefano Domenicali. “The whole city is buzzing with excitement for the race of the year. next.” The 3.8-mile (6.12 km) Grand Prix track along the famous Las Vegas Strip will see drivers pass landmarks such as the Bellagio Fountains and Caesars Palace in an event expected to attract 170 000 fans.
Monaco, historically the most glamorous race, saw its future in doubt earlier in the year amid contract renewal talks. Formula 1 said a new three-year contract had now been signed with the Automobile Club de Monaco, which chairman Michel Boeri added was up for renewal.
The principality retains its traditional May 28 slot as the eighth race and central part of a triple-header with Italy’s Imola and Spain’s Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona. This season was expected to have a record 23 races, but that number was reduced to 22 after Russia’s race at Sochi was canceled following the invasion of Ukraine.
Bahrain will open the season on March 5 and Abu Dhabi will host the final round on November 26. The calendar also avoids a clash with the 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race which will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year on June 10 and 11.
AUGUST HOLIDAYS The British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 9 will take place the weekend before the Wimbledon men’s and women’s tennis finals on July 15 and 16.
The traditional August break is maintained, with Belgium becoming the last race before it at the end of July – and after Hungary – rather than the first after. Belgium’s longer-term future remains uncertain, with organizers only signing a one-year extension last month.
“Having 24 races on the 2023 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar is further proof of the sport’s growth and appeal globally,” said FIA President Mohammed Ben. Sulayem. “The addition of new venues and the maintenance of traditional events underlines the good management of the sport by the FIA,” added the Emirati.
Qatar, with a race on October 8, returns as the fourth round of the Middle East after being absent this year due to the country hosting the FIFA World Cup. China, which last hosted a race in 2019, returns despite continued uncertainty over COVID-19 restrictions while France, whose race was at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet near Marseille, was scrapped as previously announced.
Formula 1 has also negotiated with the South African circuit of Kyalami, but this agreement has not yet been concluded. Azerbaijan and Miami remain back-to-back races on April 30 and May 7 respectively.
There was no confirmation as to which races would be held in the sprint format, with the sport seeking up to six after three this year. “Formula 1 has unprecedented demand to host races and it is important that we find the right balance for the whole sport,” said Domenicali.
Timeline: March 5 – Bahrain
March 19 – Saudi Arabia (Jeddah) April 2 – Australia (Melbourne)
April 16 – China (Shanghai) April 30 – Azerbaijan (Baku)
May 7 – Miami May 21 – Emilia-Romagna (Imola)
May 28 – Monaco June 4 – Spain (Barcelona)
June 18 – Canada (Montreal) July 2 – Austria (Spielberg)
July 9 – Great Britain (Silverstone) July 23 – Hungary
July 30 – Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps) August 27 – Netherlands (Zandvoort)
September 3 – Italy (Monza) September 17 – Singapore
September 24 – Japan (Suzuka) October 8 – Qatar
October 22 – United States (Austin) October 29 – Mexico
November 5 – Brazil (Interlagos) November 18 – Las Vegas
November 26 – Abu Dhabi
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