Formula 1 has unveiled a record-breaking race schedule for 2023, with the sport planning to host 24 races in a single season for the first time ever. The schedule for the upcoming season includes the first-ever Las Vegas Grand Prix, which is on a Saturday night, as well as the return of the Chinese GP after a three-year hiatus, and it has undergone its largest-ever calendar revision by two events.
The World Motor Sport Council and the FIA accepted the schedule, which the governing body of Formula One unveiled on Tuesday. Qatar also makes a comeback after debuting in 2021, while Monaco keeps its spot on the schedule despite contract uncertainty in the middle of the first of two triple headers.
The French Grand Prix will now take place in 2023, and a highly anticipated race in South Africa has been left out. Pre-season testing is scheduled to begin on March 5 in Bahrain, and the season will end on November 26 in Abu Dhabi.
“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,” Stefano Domenicali, President, and CEO of Formula 1 said.
“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.”
“The presence of 24 races on the 2023 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar is further evidence of the growth and appeal of the sport on a global scale,” said FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem. “The addition of new venues and the retention of traditional events underlines the FIA’s sound stewardship of the sport.”