the craziest calendar in the world?

If you promise everything, you will never please anyone. This is the feeling that birth oils should feel in the 2023 Formula 1 calendar. The queen’s discipline published a new program consists of 24 sleevescompared to 22 this year.

the The French Grand Prix of Paul-Ricard disappeared from the screens, while Monaco and Belgium saved their place. The 2023 season will see the return of Qatar, on a revised Losail route, the re-introduction of China after three campaigns of interruption and the arrival of the Las Vegas circuit as the penultimate round. As suggested by the rumors of the last few weeks, Formula 1 will not finally find South Africa and the historic route of Kyalami.

Aviation friends…

In an age of “the end of abundance” and concerns about global warming, few Long distance airplane trips seem like a bad program. Without counting the return to their European base, the teams will travel 133,570 kilometers in nine months according to the calculation of journalist Pablo Elizalde.

The level of carbon, we see better… Especially from Formula 1, which aims to reach neutrality by the end of the decade. Not to mention the fatigue of the mechanics or the expense of the teams.

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

The answer lies in the commitments made by the sponsor. With financial, Yas Marina has enjoyed the finals title for many years. Las Vegas claimed a place at the end of the era, prestige and delay in the construction of the oblige route. Miami doesn’t want a June date. Qatar does not want to be a neighbor of Saudi Arabia because of the geopolitical dispute.

On the other hand, Europe is compromised. The campaign on the old continent began later, on the slopes of Imola. The Italian circuit accepted a date of the end of May (and no longer in the middle of April) to stay in his place. And Spa-Francorchamps has abandoned the traditional date of its 24 hours – the last week of July – to continue to welcome single-seaters.

A calendar by blocks?

The solution may be to establish a block calendar : American tour in the spring (Brazil will return to his place in March), European campaign in the summer, Asia-Pacific trips then last part in the Middle East, given the financial needs…

Maybe it’s time for Stefano Domenicali to impose more restrictions on the promoters of the various Grand Prix? Or to introduce a rotating calendar?

Liberty Media’s only smart concession in our eyes: Formula 1 is very good 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 Hypercar Ferrari is very limited, it will allow us to remember that the discipline of the queen is not the only relevant 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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