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Formula 1 has announced its calendar for the 2024 season, with substantial changes across the board and its longest season to date!
The calendar in full
February 29 – March 2
August 30 – September 1
November 29 – December 1
All the details
The season will start like this one did, with the first Grand Prix of 2024 in Bahrain and the following round just a week later, in Jeddah. Significantly, both those races will be held on Saturday nights, to accommodate for the Ramadan. Grands Prix held on Saturday is a feature we have not seen for a very long time and is returning this season for the Las Vegas Grand Prix. That race will be held on Saturday next year too, although for the European fan base the race will be on Sunday morning because of the time difference.
The calendar also sees increased regionalisation, as Formula 1 has tried to put races that are close geographically on close dates to improve sustainability. As a result, the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka has been moved forward to the 7th of April for the fourth round of the championship, instead of its traditional date in late September or early October. The very next round will be held in Shanghai, for the first time after a five-year absence. The Chinese Grand Prix moved away from the calendar in 2020 because of travel restrictions related to COVID-19 and has not returned since.
Another change is the return of the Qatar Grand Prix, held at the Lusail International Circuit. The race debuted back in 2021, as a replacement for other cancelled races. The circuit, which has also been hosting the MotoGP World Championship for a number of years, is currently under renovation, which will be completed later this year.
The calendar features three triple-headers: the races in Barcelona, Spielberg and Silverstone will be the first during late June and early July. About two months later, the second will take place, with the Dutch, Italian and Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the latter moving back in the calendar, as a reaction to the Japanese race moving the other way around. Finally, the last triple-header will take place as the season draws to a close with the races at Las Vegas, Qatar and Abu Dhabi.
Stefano Domenicali, the president and CEO of Formula 1, commented on the new calendar on the championship’s official website:
I am delighted to announce the 2024 calendar with 24 races that will deliver an exciting season for our fans around the world. There is huge interest and continued demand for Formula 1, and I believe this calendar strikes the right balance between traditional races and new and existing venues.
As a result, the 2024 season will be the longest in Formula 1 history. The record current stands at 22 races, the amount held in the past two seasons. For this year, 23 races were scheduled to take place, but the cancellation of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola due to flooding in the region meant that one race was lost, so another 22-race season is set to occur.
The season will conclude on the 8th of December will also be the second latest season finale in the championship’s history, as the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was held on the 12th of December.
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