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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

1Mar 2 – 5Bahrain Grand PrixSakhir
2Mar 16 – 19Saudi Arabian Grand PrixJeddah Corniche
3Mar 30 – 2Australian Grand PrixAlbert Park
4Apr 27 – 30Azerbaijan Grand PrixBaku Street Circuit
5May 4 – 7Miami Grand PrixMiami Gardens
6May 18 – 21Emilia Romagna Grand PrixImola
7May 25 – 28Monaco Grand PrixMonte Carlo
8Jun 1 – 4Spanish Grand PrixCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
9Jun 15 – 18Canadian Grand PrixCircuit Gilles Villeneuve
10Jun 29 – 2Austrian Grand PrixRed Bull Ring
11Jul 6 – 9British Grand PrixSilverstone
12Jul 24 – 23Hungarian Grand PrixHUngaroring
13Jul 27 – 30Belgian Grand PrixSpa-Francorchamps
14Aug 24 – 27Dutch Grand PrixZandvoort
15Aug 31 – 3Italian Grand PrixMonza
16Sep 14 – 17Singapore Grand PrixMarina Bay
17Sep 21 – 24Japanese Grand PrixSuzuka
18Oct 5 – 8Qatar Grand PrixLosail
19Oct 19 – 22United States Grand PrixCircuit of The Americas
20Oct 26 – 29Mexico City Grand PrixAutodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
21Nov 2 – 5Sao Paulo Grand PrixInterlagos
22Nov 15 – 18Las Vegas Grand PrixLas Vegas Street Circuit
23Nov 23 – 26Abu Dhabi Grand PrixYas 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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