The 2022 F1 season will include a record 23 races after the sport’s bosses confirmed plans for a gruelling schedule.
The calendar includes two triple-headers and an inaugural race in Miami. Further changes see Bahrain hosting the opening round on March 20, displacing Melbourne, which had become the cemented venue for the traditional curtain raiser.
However, the strict Covid-19 regulations in place in Australia has prompted officials to push the Albert Park race back to April 10.
The British Grand Prix has been scheduled for the opening weekend of July – avoiding a clash with the latter stages of Wimbledon – while the Chinese GP in Shanghai has again been snubbed.
The frenzied schedule includes seven back-to-back races, two triple headers, and six races in seven weeks following the August break.
F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali also wants to stage sprint races at as many as eight events.
“We are excited to announce the 2022 calendar as we prepare to enter a new era for the sport,” said Domenicali.
“This season has been incredible so far with great battles on the track, large audiences tuning in and fans returning to the races after the impact of the pandemic.
We look forward to welcoming more fans back next season and hope 2022 feels more normal than the life we have all experienced in the past two years.
“We are very pleased with the interest in Formula One from places that want to host races and the growth of the sport, and believe we have a fantastic calendar for 2022 with destinations like Miami joining famous and historic venues.
“The pandemic is still with us, and we will therefore continue to be vigilant and safe – to protect all our personnel and the communities we visit.”
2022 F1 calendar: March 20 – Bahrain Grand Prix (Sakhir); March 27 – Saudi Arabian Grand Prix (Jeddah); April 10 – Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne); April 24 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix (Imola); May 8 – Miami Grand Prix; May 22 – Spanish Grand Prix (Barcelona); May 29 – Monaco Grand Prix; June 12 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix (Baku): June 19 – Canadian Grand Prix (Montreal); July 3 – British Grand Prix (Silverstone); July 10 – Austrian Grand Prix (Spielberg); July 24 – French Grand Prix (Le Castellet); July 31 – Hungarian Grand Prix (Budapest); August 28 – Belgian Grand Prix (Spa-Francorchamps); September 4 – Dutch Grand Prix (Zandvoort); September 11 – Italian Grand Prix (Monza); September 25 – Russian Grand Prix (Sochi); October 2 – Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay); October 9 – Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka); October 23 – US Grand Prix (Austin); October 30 – Mexican Grand Prix (Mexico City); November 13 – Brazilian Grand Prix (Interlagos); November 20 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina).