Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Bahrain GP kicks off 23-race F1 season in 2022; Canada back

PARIS (AP) – Next year’s Formula One season will feature 23 races and will open in Bahrain instead of its traditional start in Australia, with Singapore and Canada returning after two straight cancellations amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2022 calendar was approved by the governing body of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council on Friday.

The Saudi Arabian GP will be hosted in Jeddah after the Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir on 20 March and then the Australian GP in Melbourne on 10 April.

The season then jumps to the United States for the Emilia Romagna GP in Italy two weeks later (subject to contract approval) and then to the Miami GP on 8 May (subject to circuit approval by the FIA).

“We prepare for next year to enter a new era with new regulations and cars designed to make racing closer,” said F1 president Stefano Domenicali.

The Monaco race is followed a week later by the Spanish GP (also subject to contract approval) on 22 May, before F1 moves to Baku, Azerbaijan on 12 June.

Then, Canada returns a week later when the race is canceled for the second straight year and replaced by Turkey.

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A big European swing features the British GP at Silverstone on 3 July earlier than usual, followed by a four-week midseason break as races in Austria (10 July), France (24 July) and Hungary (31 July) The first is the usual final race. .

The Belgian GP at Spa on 28 August began the second half of the season, as is customary, followed by the hugely popular Dutch GP at Zandvoort (September 4) and the prestigious Italian GP at Monza the following week.

Street race cancellations this year and the pandemic last saw a two-week gap before the Russian GP in Sochi on 25 September and Singapore on 2 October (subject to contract approval) for the first time since 2019.

The popular Japanese GP returned to Suzuka on 9 October after ending this year due to government concerns over the virus.

The US GP in Austin will be held on 23 October (subject to contract) and will conclude earlier than usual in F1 Mexico (30 October), Brazil (13 November) and Abu Dhabi (20 November).

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