F1: the dumbest calendar in the world?

When you make promises to everyone, you no longer please anyone. This is the feeling birthing oils should feel of the 2023 Formula 1 calendar. The queen discipline has published a new program composed of 24 sleevescompared to 22 this year.

the The French Grand Prix at Paul-Ricard disappears from the screens, while Monaco and Belgium keep their place. The 2023 season will see the return of Qatar, on a revamped Losail route, the reintroduction of China after three seasons of interruption, and the arrival of the Las Vegas circuit as the penultimate round. As the rumors of recent weeks suggested, Formula 1 finally does not find South Africa and the historic route of Kyalami.

Aviation friends…

At a time of “end of plenty” and concerns about global warming, some distant plane trips seem poorly programmed to us. Not counting the returns to their European base, the teams will travel 133,570 kilometers in nine months according to calculations by journalist Pablo Elizalde.

At the carbon level, we have seen it better… Especially Formula 1, which aims to reach neutrality by the end of the decade. Not to mention the fatigue of the mechanics or the costs for the teams.

Why, for example, to have scheduled Miami alone six weeks from Montreal, with two rounds in Europe in between? Why end the campaign with a Brazil – United States – Abu Dhabi combo, accumulating 23,000 kilometers of travel in three weeks?

The answer lies in the commitments made by the promoter. with finance, Yas Marina has enjoyed the title of the final for a long time.. Las Vegas claimed a place at the end of the season, the prestige and the delays in the construction of the route oblige. Miami doesn’t want a date in June. Qatar does not want to be a neighbor of Saudi Arabia due to geopolitical disputes.

On the other hand, Europe has committed itself. The campaign on the old continent begins much later, on the slopes of Imola. The Italian circuit has accepted a date at the end of May (and no longer in mid-April) to keep its place. And Spa-Francorchamps has given up the traditional date of its 24 hours – the last weekend of July – to continue hosting the single-seaters.

A block calendar?

The solution would probably be to set a block schedule : American tour in spring (Brazil would take its place again in March), European campaign in summer, trips to Asia-Pacific and final part in the Middle East, given the economic needs…

Perhaps it is time for Stefano Domenicali to impose more restrictions on the promoters of the various Grands Prix? Or introduce a rotating calendar?

Liberty Media’s one smart concession to our eyes: Formula 1 was kind enough to neutralize the weekend of June 11 and 12, which will mark the centenary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.. If the possibility of seeing Charles Leclerc at the wheel of the Ferrari Hypercar is very limited, this will allow us to remember that the reigning discipline is not the only one that deserves interest.

The 2023 Formula 1 calendar:

  • March 5: Bahrain / Sakhir (1)
  • March 19: Saudi Arabia / Jeddah (2)
  • April 2: Australia / Melbourne (3)
  • April 16: China / Shanghai (4)
  • April 30: Azerbaijan / Baku (5)
  • May 7: Miami / Miami (6)
  • May 21: Emilia-Romagna / Imola (7)
  • May 28: Monaco / Monaco (8)
  • June 4: Spain / Barcelona (9)
  • June 18: Canada / Montreal (10)
  • July 2: Austria / Spielberg (11)
  • July 9: Great Britain / Silverstone (12)
  • July 23: Hungary / Hungaroring (13)
  • July 30: Belgium / Spa-Francorchamps (14)
  • August 27: Netherlands / Zandvoort (15)
  • September 3: Italy / Monza (16)
  • September 17: Singapore / Marina Bay (17)
  • September 24: Japan / Suzuka (18)
  • October 8: Qatar/Losail (19)
  • October 22: United States / Austin (20)
  • October 29: Mexico / Mexico City (21)
  • November 5: Brazil / Interlagos (22)
  • November 18: Las Vegas / Las Vegas (23)
  • November 26: Abu Dhabi / Yas Marina (24)

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