Formula 1 2023: The sport has decided not to replace the Chinese GP with the season now set to 23 races

Formula 1 has decided not to replace the Chinese Grand Prix, which was scheduled for April 16 before being canceled due to Covid measures; there will now be a four-week gap between the third and fourth races of the season (Melbourne and Baku); all 23 races this year – an F1 record – live on Sky Sports F1

Last modification: 17/01/23 12:21

Formula 1 has officially confirmed a 23-race season for 2023 after deciding not to replace the canceled Chinese Grand Prix.

Talks have been held with a number of promoters about filling the slots for April 16 – with Turkey and Portugal – but the decision means there will be a four-week break between the third and fourth rounds of the season.

The Australian Grand Prix is ​​held on April 2, and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on April 30.

All 23 races – an F1 record – live on Sky Sports F1.

A statement from F1 read: “Formula 1 can confirm that the 2023 season will consist of 23 races.

“This means the season will start with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 5 and finish in Abu Dhabi on November 26, with the all-new Las Vegas Grand Prix joining the calendar a week before the season finale.”

The Chinese Grand Prix was canceled for the fourth year in a row at the beginning of December due to strict Covid measures.

The sport was due to return to China for the first time since 2019, but with the country continuing to implement a zero-covid policy, leading to heavy restrictions and continued quarantine, F1 decided it was not possible to hold the race at the Shanghai International Circuit.

F1 2023 begins with pre-season testing from 23-25 ​​February before the first race of the season, the Bahrain Grand Prix, on 5 March.

The 10 F1 teams will unveil their new cars in February ahead of individual pre-season testing, which will take place over three days in Bahrain from 23 February.

Confirmed calendar for 2023

March 5: Bahrain (Sakhir)
March 19: Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)
April 2: Australia (Melbourne)
April 30: Azerbaijan (Baku)*
May 7: Miami (Miami)
May 21: Emilia Romagna (Imola)
May 28: Monaco
June 4: Spain (Barcelona)
June 18: Canada (Montreal)
July 2: Austria (Spielberg)*
July 9: Great Britain (Silverstone)
July 23: Hungary (Budapest)
July 30: Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)*
August 27: The Netherlands (Zandvoort)
September 3: Italy (Monza)
September 17: Singapore (Marina Bay)
September 24: Japan (Suzuka)
October 8: Qatar (Losail)*
October 22: USA (Austin)*
October 29: Mexico (Mexico City)
November 5: Brazil (Sao Paulo)*
November 18: Las Vegas
November 26: Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

*denotes Sprint weekend

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