The Formula 1 season 2022 will be one of the busiest in the history of the sport.
There are currently 22 races in the calendar due to the removal of the Russian Grand Prix – Qatar, Hockenheim and Istanbul have all been linked with a replacement race that would bring us back to 23 – but the race will run from March to November, subject to interruptions.
Here are all the dates you need to know and which races to keep an eye on.
(The dates below are raceday. Most race weekends offer two training sessions on Friday, a third on the Saturday before qualifying. In sprint weekends, qualifying is held on the Friday before the sprint race on Saturday. * Indicates sprint weekend.)
- March 20 – Bahrain (Bahrain International Circuit; training – March 18, qualification – March 19)
- March 27 – Saudi Arabia (Jeddah Corniche Circuit)
- April 10 – Australia (Albert Park Circuit)
- * 24. April – Emilia Romagna (Imola Circuit)
- May 8 – Miami (Miami International Autodrome)
- May 22 – Spain (Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit)
- May 29 – Monaco (Monaco Circuit)
- June 12 – Azerbaijan (Baku City Circuit)
- June 19 – Canada (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve)
- July 3 – UK (Silverstone Circuit)
- * 10. July – Austria (Red Bull Ring)
- July 24 – France (Circuit Paul Ricard)
- July 31 – Hungary (Hungaroring)
- August 28 – Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps Circuit)
- September 4 – Holland (Circuit Zandvoort)
- September 11 – Italy (Monza Circuit)
- October 2 – Singapore (Marina Bay Street Circuit)
- October 9 – Japan (Suzuka International Racing Course)
- October 23 – USA (Circuit of the Americas)
- October 30 – Mexico (Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez)
- * 13. November – Brazil (Interlagos Circuit)
- November 20 – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina Circuit)
April 10 – Australia (Albert Park Circuit)
After two years that are not on the calendar, the Albert Park Circuit is returning, and even though it is not at its traditional season opener, there are still plenty on offer.
There is something special about running Down Under, and the 5.3 km long circuit at the waterfront in Melbourne is one of the most picturesque on the calendar.
It’s a fast circuit that allows riders to drive full throttle for about 65 percent of the lap, and it’s the inspiration for the Singapore and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Australia also has some of the sport’s most passionate fans, especially when they are home drivers Daniel Ricciardo running races.
May 8 – Miami (Miami International Autodrome)
Miami is perhaps the most sought-after track ever, if you were to ask the drivers. As F1’s popularity grows in the United States, the calendar has been updated to include two races in the country.
The Miami International Autodrome will host the race, and as well as the sun-drenched scenes, the track has an average speed of 140 km / h and two long straight stretches into slow turns that should offer plenty of opportunities for overtaking.
May 29 – Monaco (Monaco Circuit)
Monaco is one of the few places in the world that does not defer an eight-figure amount for the right to host an F1 race, for honestly, what is F1 without Monaco.
The iconic capital of capitalism and comfort empties the streets for three days, allowing F1 cars to use it as their playground.
The race itself is usually something of a parade, as the narrow streets of Monte Carlo make it virtually impossible to overtake, but the acting and celebrity spotting are usually worth tuning in to anyway.
July 3 – UK (Silverstone Circuit)
Last year’s British Grand Prix was defined as a “test event” by the government that allowed hundreds of thousands of fans to participate in scorching temperatures. Hamilton’s qualifying victory in front of an enthusiastic audience on Friday night was a scene to watch and felt like the beginning of the end of the UK pandemic.
It was two days later Hamilton and Verstappen clashed at Copse Corner, a crash that changed the whole tone of the title race and will resonate in motor racing history.
We can only dream of such a drama this time.
August 28 – Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps Circuit)
For some people, the Spa Grand Prix will never be the same as the full-length course it was once held on, a total of nine miles in its longest pre-war layout.
However, the spa was also one of the most deadly places in Europe when it came to F1, and no one can realistically argue that things are not better now, even though the course is still a dangerous place that the world was reminded of in 2019, when F2 driver Anthoine Hubert tragically lost his life there.
As such, racing in the Spa is always marked by sadness, especially for friends like close friends Pierre Gasly and Charles Leclerc, but is still one of the key elements of the F1 calendar.
September 4 – Holland (Circuit Zandvoort)
Before the Dutch Grand Prix was reintroduced, the Belgian Grand Prix was in Spa Max’s home race, which was not inappropriate as he was born in Belgium and lived there before moving to Monaco.
However, he has always driven professionally on a Dutch license and identifies as a Dutchman, so Zandvoort turns orange the first weekend in September, when he drives home for the first time as world champion.
November 13 – Brazil (Interlagos Circuit)
The future of racing at Interlagos always looks somewhat uncertain, with a five-year contract signed in 2020 to keep the Grand Prix there exposed to a legal challenge in January last year.
It failed in the end, but the long-term future of the race, which has struggled in the past to cover the costs, is such that we should appreciate every event we get to, and what an event it often is. The changeable weather has so often created drama, not least in 2008, when Lewis Hamilton won the World Cup on the last corner of the soaked circuit.
November 20 – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina Circuit)
And if you want drama, you can hardly look any further than the rebuilt Yas Marina Circuit, though the final day of 2021’s epic season was hardly down to the layout of the course.
Racing was nevertheless improved in Abu Dhabi by the reduction of corner kicks, and with the new rules it should also create excellent excitement in the season finale.