No way back for China and Portimao blow as F1 2023 calendar confirmed

Flags of F1, China and the Shanghai International Circuit. 2018. Credit: Alamy
Flags of F1, China and the Shanghai International Circuit. 2018. Credit: Alamy

Formula 1 has officially announced that the F1 2023 calendar will remain at 23 races, with the Chinese Grand Prix not being replaced.

The Shanghai race was initially scheduled to come back into the F1 fold this year, but strict COVID restrictions still in place ensured that the long wait for F1 to go racing again in China would continue for at least another season.

China being dropped opened up a TBC slot to be filled so F1 could try and keep places for a 24-race season intact. Portimao was strongly rumoured to be taking that spot and there was renewed hope China could re-join after a recent relaxing of the rules for people entering the country from overseas.

However, Formula 1 will be sticking to a 23-race schedule for the season ahead and a month gap between the Australian Grand Prix on April 2 and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku on April 30 will remain locked in and effectively create a second break for all F1 personnel alongside the traditional summer shutdown in August.

What is the full F1 2023 schedule?

March 3-5: Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir
March 17-19: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Jeddah
March 31-April 2: Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne
April 28-30: Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku
May 5-7: Miami Grand Prix, Florida
May 19-21: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola
May 26-28: Monaco Grand Prix, Monaco
June 2-4: Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona
June 16-18: Canadian Grand Prix, Montréal
June 30-July 2: Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg
July 7-9: British Grand Prix, Silverstone
July 21-23: Hungarian Grand Prix, Mogyoród
July 28-30: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps
August 25-27: Dutch Grand Prix, Zandvoort
September 1-3: Italian Grand Prix, Monza
September 15-17: Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay
September 22-24: Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka
October 6-8: Qatar Grand Prix, Lusail
October 20-22: United States Grand Prix, Austin
October 27-29: Mexico City Grand Prix, Mexico City
November 3-5: Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Interlagos
November 16-18: Las Vegas Grand Prix, Las Vegas
November 24-26: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi

PlanetF1.com’s recommended reading:

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