F1 2022 season: Race calendar, full schedule, pre-season testing and car launch dates. With 23 dates on the 2022 calendar, the Formula 1 world championship is aiming for a new record.
An exciting year awaits in Formula One with new regulations, two sets of pre-season testing, and a 23-race calendar to look forward to.
Another Formula 1 season is just around the corner and with it comes some fresh dates for you to mark off on your calendars. F1 takes you through the when’s and where’s for 2022!
The 2022 season is F1’s biggest year to date. Jam-packed with 23 race weekends, six of which include the Sprint Qualifying format, the sport has never looked busier.
With a new US event around the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, as well as a welcome return to Australia for the first time in two years, the teams and drivers will have a lot to contend with this year.
What is the full 2022 calendar?
As is a staple in the sport now, Bahrain will kick off the season in style for one of the F1’s many night races on 20th March. The F1 circus stays in the Middle-East as the sport takes a quick hop over to Jeddah for the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix on 27th March rounding off the opening double-header.
Australia is next after a week long break on 10th April before heading over to Europe for the Imola Grand Prix on 24th. The brand-new Miami Grand Prix will take place two weeks later on 8th May with F1 moving back to Europe two weeks later for the Spanish Grand Prix on 22nd May.
Monaco will complete the second double-header of the season so far on 29th May. Monaco is unique this season after Thursday practice was dropped for the more traditional Friday.
Azerbaijan and Canada will host the third double-header of the season on 12th and 19th June, with Montreal hosting the first Canadian Grand Prix since 2019.
Britain comes next in it’s usual early July slot on 3rd with Austria a week later completing the seasons’ fourth double header.
Yet another double header comes next at France and Hungary on the 24th and 31st of July, before the usual three week summer break, giving the teams and drivers a chance to cool down after the hectic first four months.
F1 returns to action at Belgium on 28th August with the Netherlands playing host to the Dutch Grand Prix on 4th September. The Italian Grand Prix at Monza rounds out the seasons’ first triple header of 2022 meaning it’s all hands on deck after the break.
After a weeks’ pause the second triple header kicks off at Russia on 25th September with Singapore making it’s return after a two year hiatus on 2nd October. The Japanese Grand Prix will round off the trio of races on 9th October – F1 hasn’t raced around Suzuka since 2019.
The US Grand Prix at The Circuit of the Americas will take place on 23rd October with F1 moving south to Mexico on 30th.
The sport moves to South American for the Brazilian Grand Prix on 13th November with the season rounding off at Abu Dhabi a week later on 20th November.
1 – Bahrain Grand Prix, Bahrain International Circuit – 20 March
2 – Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Jeddah Corniche Circuit – 27 March
3 – Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park Circuit – 10 April
4 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola Circuit – 24 April
5 – Miami Grand Prix, Miami International Autodrome – 8 May
6 – Spanish Grand Prix, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – 22 May
7 – Monaco Grand Prix, Circuit de Monaco – 29 May
8 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku City Circuit – 12 June
9 – Canadian Grand Prix, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – 19 June
10 – British Grand Prix, Silverstone Circuit – 3 July
11 – Austrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring – 10 July
12 – French Grand Prix, Circuit Paul Ricard – 24 July
13 – Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring – 31 July
14 – Belgian Grand Prix, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps – 28 August
15 – Dutch Grand Prix, Circuit Zandvoort – 4 September
16 – Italian Grand Prix, Monza Circuit – 11 September
17 – Russian Grand Prix, Sochi Autodrom – 25 September
18 – Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay Street Circuit – 2 October
19 – Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka International Racing Course – 9 October
20 – United States Grand Prix, Circuit of the Americas – 23 October
21 – Mexico City Grand Prix, Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez – 30 October
22 – São Paulo Grand Prix, Interlagos Circuit – 13 November
23 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina Circuit – 20 November
The new Sprint Qualifying format that was trialled in 2021 is expanded from three to six for the new season. Silverstone and Monza are dropped from Sprint Qualifying with Bahran, Imola, Canada, Austria, Netherlands, and Brazil hosting the dash to pole.
Round 1 – Bahrain
Round 4 – Imola
Round 9 – Canada
Round 11 – Austria
Round 15 – Netherlands
Round 22 – Brazil
The world will get to see the new-style F1 cars take to the track in February when Barcelona hosts a three day test from 23rd to 25th February. This session will not be broadcast on television, but each day will get a full summary on F1 TV.
After a two-week gap, the second test of 2022 will see Bahrain host three more days of track running from 11th – 13th March. These sessions will be broadcast live via F1 TV
The teams have also been given two days of running for filming days throughout 2022.
Test 1 (Barcelona) – 23rd – 25th February
Test 2 (Bahrain) – 11th – 13th
What are the driver line-ups?
Unlike the previous few years there are very few driver changes this season, with seven of the 10 teams retaining the same line-up, two teams making one change (Williams and Mercedes) and one team with a completely new line-up (Alfa Romeo).
The only rookie is Alfa Romeo’s Guanyu Zhou, who becomes the first driver from China to race in F1. Alexander Albon returns for Williams after two seasons at Toro Rosso and Red Bull in 2019 and 2020.
Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton (44) and George Russell (63)
Red Bull: Max Verstappen (33) and Sergio Pérez (11)
Ferrari: Carlos Sainz (55) and Charles Leclerc (55)
McLaren: Lando Norris (4) and Daniel Ricciardo (3)
Alpine: Fernando Alonso (14) and Esteban Ocon (31)
AlphaTauri: Pierre Gasly (10) and Yuki Tsunoda (22)
Aston Martin: Sebastian Vettel (5) and Lance Stroll (18)
Williams: Nicholas Latifi (6) and Alexander Albon (23)
Alfa Romeo: Valtteri Bottas (77) and Guanyu Zhou (24)
Haas: Mick Schumacher (47) and Nikita Mazepin (9)
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THE NEXT RACE 2022
|Bahrain 2022||20 Mar|
|14:30 - 15:30||Free practice 1|
|18:00 - 19:00||Free practice 2|
|15:00 - 16:00||Free practice 3|
|18:00 - 19:00||Qualifying|
|18:00 - 20:00||Race|
|Bahrain||57 laps||308.238 km|