Imola will most likely replace the Chinese Grand Prix on the 2022 Formula 1 calendar. The Singapore GP returns at the expense of the Turkey GP and France is sure of a spot on the calendar, RacingNews365 has understood.
This website unveiled the concept calendar for 2022 over a month ago. The calendar has largely remained the same, apart from three changes. The Chinese Grand Prix was one of the first races, but there would be concerns in the country about the tightened corona measures around the Beijing Winter Olympics in the same country. That is why Imola takes over the calendar spot of April 24.
Imola was together with France in the running for one calendar spot, but with Imola taking over another time slot, the French GP at Paul Ricard is a certainty. However, the race will be rescheduled from July 17 to 24. It now forms a diptych with Hungary rather than a triple header with Great Britain and Austria.
That wouldn’t be ideal for France as it coincides with the start of the school holidays, but the teams reportedly preferred two double headers instead of one triple header.
The latest adjustment, as mentioned, is the return of the Singapore GP, which battled Turkey for a spot later in the year. The race will take place on October 2. A deal could be imminent. The final calendar is likely to be confirmed at the next World Motor Sport Council meeting on October 15.