The announcement was made at the end of August, but the International Automobile Federation (FIA) confirmed it on Tuesday, September 20: the French Grand Prix will not be part of the Formula One world championship in 2023. Despite the threat, the Monaco Grand Prix is still held, as is the Belgian race, Spa-Francorchamps, which was also under threat.
The Grand Prix de France, which had been held on the Castellet circuit in the Var in recent years, returned to the calendar in 2018 after a 10-year absence. The inclusion of Monaco in the world championship since its inception in 1950 has been called into question by Liberty Media, the new owners of the commercial rights. With the Automobile Club de Monaco, a new agreement covering three editions until 2025 has been reached.
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The 2023 season, which begins on March 5 in Bahrain and concludes on November 26 in Abu Dhabi, will feature a record 24 races. A race will be held in Las Vegas for the first time. In addition to the Grands Prix in Miami (May 7) and Austin (November 18), three Grands Prix will be held in the United States. We also note the return of an appointment in Qatar after a year’s absence.
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“The presence of 24 races on the Formula One World Championship calendar once again demonstrates the growth and attractiveness of this sport on a global scale,” said FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem in a press release.
The championship was supposed to have 23 events in 2022, but the competition promoter canceled the Sochi Grand Prix in February due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Formula 1 is experiencing unprecedented demand to host races, and it is critical that we find the right (geographical) balance for this sport in general,” said Stefano Domenicali, CEO of Liberty Media.
The schedule for the 2023 season
Bahrain Grand Prix is scheduled for March 5th.
March 19 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia
April 22 Grand Prix of Australia
The Chinese Grand Prix takes place on April 16th.
April 30 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan
The Miami Grand Prix takes place on May 7th.
May 21st Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna
May 28 Grand Prix de Monaco
June 4 Grand Prix de Espana
The Canadian Grand Prix takes place on June 18th.
The 2nd of July Grand Prix of Austria
The 9th of July Grand Prix of Great Britain
July 23 Grand Prix of Hungary
July 30 Grand Prix de Belgique
The 27th of August Grand Prix of the Netherlands
The Italian Grand Prix (Monza) is on September 3rd, and the Singapore Grand Prix is on September 17th.
The 24th of September Grand Prix of Japan
The Qatar Grand Prix takes place on October 8th.
Grand Prix of the United States, October 22
The 29th of October Grand Prix de Mexico
Brazilian Grand Prix on November 5th
The 18th of November Grand Prix de Las Vegas (USA) November 26 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
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