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The F1 schedule for 2023 is already out, and everything is set for another season of racing. And there are plenty of reasons for fans to look forward to this year’s action, which is bound to be exciting and hard to predict, even though we already have some our outright F1 predictions ready for you.
Once again, Formula 1 2023 schedule will be the longest one in history. The addition of the Las Vegas Grand Prix brought the schedule to 23 races, breaking the 22-event record set in F1 2022 schedule and 2021, so it will take more for the main F1 favourites to win the title this season.
Speaking of Las Vegas, the “Sin City” will be home of the third Grand Prix held in the US this year. It will match a mark set in 1982, when F1 made three visits to the US – Long Beach, Detroit and Las Vegas. Coincidentally, that year also marked F1’s last visit to Vegas. The Las Vegas Grand Prix will take place on a Saturday night, making it F1’s first race held on a Saturday since the 1985 South African GP.
2023 F1 Schedule
|1||Bahrain Grand Prix||March 5||Bahrain International Circuit|
|2||Saudi Arabian Grand Prix||March 19||Jeddah Circuit|
|3||Australian Grand Prix||April 2||Albert Park Circuit|
|4||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||April 30||Baku Street Circuit|
|5||Miami Grand Prix||May 7||Miami Autodrome|
|6||Emilia Romagna Grand Prix||May 21||Imola Circuit|
|7||Monaco Grand Prix||May 28||Monte Carlo Circuit|
|8||Spanish Grand Prix||June 4||Barcelona Circuit|
|9||Canadian Grand Prix||June 18||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve|
|10||Austrian Grand Prix||July 2||Red Bull Ring|
|11||British Grand Prix||July 9||Silverstone Circuit|
|12||Hungarian Grand Prix||July 23||Hungaroring|
|13||Belgian Grand Prix||July 30||Spa-Francorchamps Circuit|
|14||Dutch Grand Prix||August 27||Circuit Zandvoort|
|15||Italian Grand Prix||September 3||Monza Circuit|
|16||Singapore Grand Prix||September 17||Marina Bay Street Circuit|
|17||Japanese Grand Prix||September 24||Suzuka Circuit|
|18||Qatar Grand Prix||October 8||Losail Circuit|
|19||United States Grand Prix||October 22||Circuit of the Americas|
|20||Mexico City Grand Prix||October 29||Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome|
|21||Sao Paulo Grand Prix||November 5||Interlagos Circuit|
|22||Las Vegas Grand Prix||November 18||Las Vegas Street Circuit|
|23||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||November 26||Yas Marina Circuit|
How Many Races Are In F1 2023 Schedule?
As we already mentioned, compared to the F1 2022 schedule, this year F1 have one more race. Overall, the 2023 F1 season will have 23 races, beginning on March 5th in Bahrain and concluding on November 26th in Abu Dhabi. This will mark F1’s earliest start to a season since 2002, when the Australian Grand Prix was held on March 3rd.
Originally, the calendar was set for 24 races, but the Chinese Grand Prix was ultimately dropped for the fourth consecutive year. The French Grand Prix was also removed from the schedule, five years after making a return.
Aside from Las Vegas, F1 has another addition to this year’s racing calendar and overall Formula 1 schedule. After holding its first event in 2021, the Qatar Grand Prix is back in the schedule on a 10-year deal. The race will once again take place at the famous Losail Circuit, which is known for hosting MotoGP’s opening round. An initial deal to build a new circuit ultimately fell through, and Losail was retained as the home for the Qatar Grand Prix.
For the third consecutive year, Bahrain will host the opening round of the Formula 1 schedule. The Sakhir Circuit has been the home of pre-season testing since 2021, reducing travelling costs for the first race.
F1 race schedule resumes two weeks later in Saudi Arabia, and then heads over to Australia. This time around, F1 fans will have to wait a bit longer in April. All the while, we will track the F1 standings, so make sure to stay updated as well on this topic.
With the Chinese Grand Prix out of the F1 schedule, teams and drivers will have a 28-day “spring break” before the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
F1 will then make its first trip to the US, with the Miami Grand Prix taking place the following week. From Florida, the series goes to Italy to kick off the European leg of the schedule.
Imola will hold the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in late May, followed by the traditional Monaco Grand Prix. From the streets of Monte Carlo, F1 goes to Spain and the revamped Barcelona Circuit. In a bid to improve overtaking, the Spanish track will drop its infamous final chicane for the first time since 2006, returning to the previous fast-flowing sequence of corners.
The first European leg comes to an end, and F1 makes its yearly visit to Canada a few days before summer. Austria kicks off the second European leg of the F1 race schedule, followed by Great Britain.
Then comes one significant F1 schedule change. Hungaroring, traditionally the last race before the summer break, moves back one week. The Belgian Grand Prix, which used to be the first race post-break, moves back from its usual late-August slot and will be the last race pre-break.
Zandvoort will kick off the final part of the season, with the Dutch Grand Prix taking place in the last weekend of August. Formula One then makes its second visit to Italy at Monza, concluding the European part of the F1 schedule.
From Italy, the series takes a short two-week break before heading over to a double-header in Singapore and Japan. The second Asian leg comes to an end with the Qatar Grand Prix in early October.
F1 Grand Prix schedule then makes its way to the Americas once again, as the US Grand Prix kicks off a triple-header. From Austin, F1 heads over to Mexico City and then Sao Paulo. After a two-week break, the season comes to an end with a double-header in Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi.
Formula One 2023 Weekend Schedule
As it’s been the case since 2021, the new F1 season will have Sprint weekends. During these rounds, a qualifying race is held on Saturday to determine the grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix.
For 2023, F1 will increase the number of Sprint events in the calendar from four to six. The Austrian and Sao Paulo Grand Prix, which already held Sprint races last season, will retain the format. Meanwhile, the Azerbaijan, Belgian, Qatar and US Grand Prix will have Sprint weekends for the first time.
During Sprint weekends, the usual format of three free practice sessions followed by qualifying undergoes some changes. Drivers start off with one free practice session on Friday, which is followed by qualifying on the same day. Saturday begins with another free practice, followed by the Sprint race. The Grand Prix takes place on Sunday, as usual.
The other 17 race weekends will retain the three practice sessions and one qualifying session format.
How Many Points Are Awarded in an F1 Race?
F1 awards points to the top 10 in each race. The winner scores 25 points, while 10th place scores a single point.
There is also one point for the fastest lap of the race. However, this is only awarded if the driver finishes inside the top 10. If the driver with the fastest lap finishes outside the top 10, then the point isn’t awarded to anyone.
1st place: 25
2nd place: 18
3rd place: 15
4th place: 12
5th place: 10
6th place: 8
7th place: 6
8th place: 4
9th place: 2
10th place: 1
Fastest lap: 1 point (driver must finish inside the top 10).
During a Sprint weekend, F1 also awards points after the Saturday race. Only the top 8 positions are awarded points in a Sprint race.
1st place: 8
2nd place: 7
3rd place: 6
4th place: 5
5th place: 4
6th place: 3
7th place: 2
8th place: 1
In addition to the points awarded for placement in the races, there is also F1 Driver of the Day, a fan-awarded accolade that has no bearing on the overall rankings and brings the players no additional points. Still, it’s a nice way for fans to show support to the sport and the drivers.
Where to Watch Formula 1 On TV and Live Streaming
Where to watch the 2023 F1 season depends on where you live. If you’re in the UK, you can watch live F1 action on Sky Sports, where all 23 races in the F1 schedule will be covered. If you also want to watch the practice sessions, in addition to qualifying and the races, you can do this on Sky Sports F1. Furthermore, Channel 4 has the rights to broadcast the British Grand Prix, in addition to being able to deliver qualifying and race highlights to you.
Meanwhile, if you prefer to stream the F1 races, you can also get that on Sky Sports. If you have Sky Q, you can add a Sky Sports F1 membership for extra £15/month and stream all 23 race weekends live. Additionally, whether you have Sky+ or Sky Q, you can opt to pay £24 extra per month and get the complete Sky Sports package, which also includes Sky Sports F1. Finally, the UK residents can also go with the Sky, Netflix & Sports plan, which is membership that costs £46 per month and lasts for 18 months.
On the other hand, if you live in the US, you can watch Formula 1 2023 on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Australian F1 fans can watch the races on Fox Sports, Foxtel and Kayo, while in Canada there are a few different options, including RDS, RDS 2, TSN, and Noovo. When it comes to Europe, it once again depends in which country you live.
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