Bahrain GP kicks off 23-race F1 season in 2022; Canada back

By JEROME PUGMIRE 16 October 2021, 12:00AM

PARIS (AP) — Next year's Formula One season will feature 23 races and open in Bahrain rather than its traditional start in Australia, with Singapore and Canada returning after two straight cancellations amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2022 calendar was approved by governing body FIA’s World Motor Sport Council on Friday.

The Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir on March 20 will be followed by the second hosting of the Saudi Arabia GP in Jeddah and then the Australian GP in Melbourne on April 10.

The season then jumps to Europe two weeks later for the Emilia Romagna GP in Italy (subject to contract approval) and then to the United States for the Miami GP on May 8 (subject to circuit approval by the FIA).

“We prepare to enter a new era with brand new regulations and cars for next year that are designed to create closer racing,” F1 president Stefano Domenicali said.

The Spanish GP on May 22 (also subject to contract approval) is followed by the showcase Monaco race one week later before F1 goes to Baku in Azerbaijan on June 12.

Then, Canada returns one week later after the race was canceled for the second straight year and replaced by Turkey.

A large European swing then features the British GP at Silverstone earlier than usual on July 3 followed by races in Austria (July 10), France (July 24) and Hungary (July 31) as the usual last race before the four-week midseason break.

The Belgian GP in Spa on Aug. 28 kicks off the second half of the season as is customary, followed by the hugely popular Dutch GP in Zandvoort (Sept. 4) and the iconic Italian GP in Monza the following week.

There's a two-week gap before the Russian GP in Sochi on Sept. 25 and Singapore on Oct. 2 (subject to contract approval) for the first time since 2019 after the street race was canceled this year and last amid the pandemic.

The popular Japanese GP returns to Suzuka on Oct. 9 after being scrapped this year because of government concerns over the virus.

The U.S. GP in Austin will be held on Oct. 23 (subject to contract) and F1 concludes with Mexico (Oct. 30), Brazil (Nov. 13) and an earlier than usual finale in Abu Dhabi (Nov. 20).

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By JEROME PUGMIRE 16 October 2021, 12:00AM
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