After many disruptions, changes, and rescheduling, it appears the F1 schedule for the 2022 grand Prix season has finally been released. There are also some exciting prospects in the pipeline for 2023, and if you’re a hardcore fan, they’ve launched a whole host of competitions and “meet the driver” opportunities too. We’ve scoured the internet for the latest news and upcoming events for lovers of all things car racing.
FIRST, WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE 2022 SCHEDULE?
There’s good news, and there’s fantastic news. It turns out that 2022 will be a record-breaking season for F1 racing, as the plan is for a stellar 23 races next season.
It features Miamis’ inaugural race, and we’ll also see the return of the Australian, Japanese, Canadian, and Singaporean Grand Prix, all of which were canceled thanks to our friends at Covid-HQ.
The F1 Sprint format, which they launched this year, sees Sprint qualifying on Fridays and Saturdays with the F1 Grand Prix on Sunday, and this format is intended to take up at least a third of the 2022 calendar.
Just as in 2021, the season kicks off in Bahrain on March 20th, 2022, and will continue to Saudi Arabia as a second stop. After that, heading to the Australian and Emilia Romagna Grand Prix that follows in April.
Then, after the Miami Grand Prix on May 8th, a Spain-Monaco double-header will drive the season towards fever pitch, certainly in Europe. After that, we move onto Azerbaijan and Canada, which makes up another double-header in June, just in time for the British summer and the British Grand Prix on July 3rd, followed by races in Austria and France.
After France, it’s the turn of the Hungarian and Belgian Grands Prix, respectively, and will bookend the summer break on July 31st and August 28th. The Belgians, Dutch, and Italians will form a triple-header, just as they did in 2021. But wait, there’s more! Another will follow, made up of the Russian, Singapore, and Japanese Grand Prix.
F1 returns to America for the United States Grand Prix in October before heading south for its races in Mexico and Brazil. The season has its earliest finish in nearly a decade when it reaches its ultimate climax at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circut, November 20th.
FORMULA 1 FAN COMPETITIONS
Formula 1 also has loads of fan-based events coming up, including entry to ticket draws and meet the driver competitions. They’ve upped the ante when it comes to fan engagement for next season, so if you haven’t already, log onto F1’s website and register for newsletters, competitions, and more.
Then, some super exciting news is that for the first time since 1993, Grand Prix is set to return to South Africa’s famed Kaya Lamai Circuit, just outside of Johannesburg. It will be the first time that the race has been hosted by South Africa since 1993 and was first hosted by the country in 1934.
This is inspiring news because it will be the only country on the continent that can even host the F1 and bring tremendous opportunities to South Africans, Africans, and enthusiasts from the world over alike.
Currently, the track is at a “grade 2 status,” with only minor improvement work required to attain the grade 1 status that the FIA will need to bring the race back to Africa.
Check out this local news report from South Africa.
MEANWHILE, IN THE UNITED STATES
There are still plenty of events to be enjoyed in the United States if you can’t make it out of the country for this year’s remaining F1 seasons. Check out the Motorsport.com website for more.
Also, if you fancy taking a trip down memory lane and discovering classic automobiles from a bygone racing era right here in New York State, then head out to the Saratoga Automobile Museum. Here you’ll find excellent examples of classic autos and a history that many New Yorkers won’t know about, along with a shop on site that carries fabulous memorabilia and check out their events calendar too. The museum is fully curated with more than a knowledgeable staff on hand to take you on a trip down memory lane, unique from any other.
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