Get ready for a record-breaking season of Formula 1 in 2023! With 23 races scheduled across 20 countries and five continents, there’s no shortage of excitement on the horizon. The season is set to kick off with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 5th and wrap up with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 26th.
From classic tracks like Silverstone and Suzuka to newer additions like Jeddah and Miami, the calendar offers a diverse array of races for both drivers and fans. This year, the United States will host three races, including Las Vegas, Miami, and the long-standing Grand Prix in Austin.
What are double-headers and triple-headers?
Traditionally, F1 races were planned with a weekend-on, weekend-off approach, but an expanding calendar brought about by the ever-increasing popularity of the sport led to the arrival of double-headers and, in some cases, triple-headers.
A double-header is a sequence of back-to-back Grands Prix on successive weekends, while a triple-header puts three in a row – venues being grouped together by location where possible. Simply put, this allows for more races within the 52-week year.
What does the term ‘flyaway race’ mean?
The F1 calendar is a global affair, very much putting the ‘world’ in world championship. But you will often hear members of the paddock differentiating between races held in Europe and those in the rest of the world – the key word being ‘flyaway’.
While European rounds allow the teams to transport all their equipment – and the cars themselves – to the circuits by truck, events held further afield – in different continents and/or across seas – necessitate air travel, with the paddock effectively being flown between each venue.
Comparing the 2023 season to F1’s inaugural year in 1950 is like night and day. With only seven races, most of which were held in Europe, the season spanned just a few months from May to September. But as F1 established itself over the years, new venues gradually arrived, including overseas events in South America, North America, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. Today, only four of the original venues remain, but they’ve undergone significant changes to improve safety and performance.
2023 F1 Calendar
Pre-season testing: February 23-25, Sakhir
Bahrain: March 5, Sakhir
Saudi Arabia: March 19, Jeddah
Australia: April 2, Melbourne
Azerbaijan: April 30, Baku
Miami: May 7, Miami
Emilia Romagna: May 21, Imola
Monaco: May 28, Monaco
Spain: June 4, Barcelona
Canada: June 18, Montreal
Austria: July 2, Spielberg
United Kingdom: July 9, Silverstone
Hungary: July 23, Budapest
Belgium: July 30, Spa
Netherlands: August 27, Zandvoort
Italy: September 3, Monza
Singapore: September 17, Singapore
Japan: September 24, Suzuka
Qatar: October 8, Lusail
USA: October 22, Austin
Mexico: October 29, Mexico City
Brazil: November 5, Sao Paulo
Las Vegas: November 18, Las Vegas*
Abu Dhabi: November 26, Yas Marina
*Subject to FIA circuit homologation
So get ready to rev your engines and buckle up for a thrilling season of Formula 1 in 2023!