2023 F1 calendar
2023 F1 calendar
The 2023 Chinese Grand Prix has been called off.
As of 2nd December at 13:35, the 2023 F1 calendar has been revised for the third consecutive year due to Covid-19 restrictions. The series has announced that the 2023 Chinese Grand Prix, originally slated for April, has been canceled.
Due to ongoing waves of the virus and persistent restrictions, the country is still struggling, and as a result, the Chinese Grand Prix cannot be held as scheduled. It remains unclear if Formula 1 will introduce a substitute race to fill the void left by the cancellation, which currently results in a four-week gap in the calendar. If no alternative event is arranged, the sport’s calendar will have 23 races, which is still the most extensive lineup in the history of Formula 1.
F1 released a statement regarding the cancellation of the 2023 Chinese Grand Prix, stating that after discussions with the race’s promoter and appropriate authorities, it has been decided that the event will not proceed as planned. The statement cited the continuing challenges posed by the COVID-19 situation as the reason for the cancellation.
The statement from Formula 1 further mentioned that the organization is currently evaluating potential alternative options to fill the vacant slot in the 2023 F1 calendar and will share any updates on this matter when available.
There were no confirmed track changes for the Singapore GP in the 2023 F1 calendar. However, it is possible that new developments or updates have emerged since then. Please note that my responses reflect the most current information available to me as of my cutoff date.
As of October 19th, 2022 at 09:45, it has been reported that the track for the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix has been disclosed, and it features a modified layout that eliminates the entire marina-front location and shortens the lap time by 20 seconds.
According to the reports, the decision to remove the marina-front section of the track was influenced by the ongoing construction work in the area. Currently, the cars drive in front of a grandstand along the marina-front, before navigating a tricky double chicane section under the spectators. The revised layout is expected to bypass this area and could offer a faster and more dynamic racing experience.
2023 F1 Calendar
|1||Mar 2 – 5||Bahrain Grand Prix||Sakhir|
|2||Mar 16 – 19||Saudi Arabian Grand Prix||Jeddah Corniche|
|3||Mar 30 – 2||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park|
|4||Apr 27 – 30||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku Street Circuit|
|5||May 4 – 7||Miami Grand Prix||Miami Gardens|
|6||May 18 – 21||Emilia Romagna Grand Prix||Imola|
|7||May 25 – 28||Monaco Grand Prix||Monte Carlo|
|8||Jun 1 – 4||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya|
|9||Jun 15 – 18||Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve|
|10||Jun 29 – 2||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring|
|11||Jul 6 – 9||British Grand Prix||Silverstone|
|12||Jul 24 – 23||Hungarian Grand Prix||HUngaroring|
|13||Jul 27 – 30||Belgian Grand Prix||Spa-Francorchamps|
|14||Aug 24 – 27||Dutch Grand Prix||Zandvoort|
|15||Aug 31 – 3||Italian Grand Prix||Monza|
|16||Sep 14 – 17||Singapore Grand Prix||Marina Bay|
|17||Sep 21 – 24||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka|
|18||Oct 5 – 8||Qatar Grand Prix||Losail|
|19||Oct 19 – 22||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of The Americas|
|20||Oct 26 – 29||Mexico City Grand Prix||Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez|
|21||Nov 2 – 5||Sao Paulo Grand Prix||Interlagos|
|22||Nov 15 – 18||Las Vegas Grand Prix||Las Vegas Street Circuit|
|23||Nov 23 – 26||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina|
The marina-front area where the track is being modified for the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix was also the site of the infamous “Crashgate” scandal at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, where Nelson Piquet Jr. was instructed by his team to deliberately crash his car to bring out the safety car and help his teammate Fernando Alonso win the race. The incident was later exposed, leading to a major controversy and several team personnel receiving bans and sanctions.
The modified section of the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix track will feature a lengthy flat-out stretch, replacing the current slow and narrow series of 90-degree corners that limit overtaking opportunities. The new section will include a nearly 400-meter straight before the final chicane, which could provide more opportunities for drivers to overtake and lead to a more exciting and competitive race.
With the changes to the track layout and the removal of the marina-front section, the lap distance of the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix will be shortened, leading to a reduction in the number of laps required to complete the race. As you mentioned, the change will result in a reduction of two laps from the previous total of 63, resulting in a 61-lap race, subject to the approval of the FIA.
It has been reported that the new modified layout for the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix is a temporary solution due to the ongoing construction work in the marina-front area, and the track is expected to revert to its original layout for the 2024 event.
Six F1 sprint races
As of September 29th, 2022, it has been reported that F1 will hold a total of six sprint races in the 2023 season. This is double the number of sprint races held in the current 2022 season. The sprint race format was first introduced in 2021 at the British Grand Prix, with two additional events held that season at Monza and Interlagos. This season, a total of three sprint races will be held, with two having already taken place at the Red Bull Ring and Imola, and the third and final one scheduled to take place at Interlagos.
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