Formula 1 has presented their 2022 calendar. We come across a number of interesting and striking changes. We sum it up in this article.
The season kicks off on March 20 in Bahrain and ends in Abu Dhabi on November 20, a month before Christmas, with Miami hosting the first of two races in the United States. Due to ongoing corona measures, China will not be included on the 2022 calendar. This race will be reinstated on the calendar as soon as conditions allow. These are just some of the standout features of the 2022 calendar. Below you can read five important changes.
1. Biggest F1 Season Ever
The 2022 Formula 1 season will be the biggest to date, with 23 races scheduled for the year. This year there are 22.
2. New race in Miami
In 2022, Formula 1 will return to the state of Florida for the first time since 1959, at the all-new Miami Grand Prix. It will take place from 6 to 8 May.
The new GP will take place at the 5.41 kilometer long Miami International Autodrome. It has 19 turns and three straights. Here the cars can reach speeds of up to 320 kilometers per hour. In addition, it is designed in such a way that it should cause an exciting race, with the drivers sitting close to each other.
3. Return of old favourites
Due to the corona pandemic and the associated measures, several Grands Prix have been canceled. Both in 2020 and 2021. The goal is to have the well-known circuits return in 2022, with Suzuka, Montreal and Melbourne, among others, all back on the calendar. All three were forced to cancel in 2021.
Zandvoort returned to the calendar this season for the first time since 1985 and will also be on the calendar in 2022. One victim of the ongoing pandemic is the Chinese Grand Prix, which is not on the 2022 calendar.
4. Shortened weekend in Monaco
Another change to the 2022 calendar is the shortening of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend. This goes from four to three days.
Friday in Monaco was traditionally a non-action day, with media duties on Wednesday, free practice 1 and 2 on Thursday, a break on Friday, then VT3 and qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday. In 2022, however, the weekend will be compressed to three days. Partly to help with logistics for the teams, who can now arrive in Monaco a day later than usual.
5. Season until mid-November
Finally, a striking feature of the 2022 calendar. Despite the 23 races, which start in March, the Formula 1 season already ends on November 20.
It’s a tight schedule, with two triple headers on the calendar. But according to the FIA, that has the bonus that the teams and F1 staff have a big winter break before the season in 2023.