Formula 1: 2023 season to have record 24-race calendar

The Las Vegas Grand Prix’s 3.8-mile track will include a portion of the Nevada resort city’s famous Strip

A record 24-race calendar has been confirmed by Formula 1’s governing body for the 2023 season.

The new race in Las Vegas and the return of Qatar and China makes next year the longest ever season despite the loss of the French Grand Prix.

The season begins in Bahrain on 5 March and ends in Abu Dhabi on 26 November.

Las Vegas will be the penultimate event on 18 November, while China has been given a 16 April date after a three-year absence due to the Covid pandemic.

Monaco and Belgium have retained their places after securing new contracts – Monaco’s until 2025, F1 announced on Tuesday; Belgium’s only for one year. The British Grand Prix will be held on 9 July.

The calendar is put together by F1 but was confirmed on Tuesday by the world motorsport council of governing body the FIA, as dictated by protocol.

There were no details of the events that will be ‘sprints’, with a shorter race…

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