The 2022 Formula 1 calendar has been confirmed and will, as expected, consist of a record number of races, 23.
The sport has long spoken of its intention to have 23 races next year after their plan to do so in 2021 was thwarted by the global pandemic.
Various reports have emerged in recent weeks about the specific rounds on it, with the latest from the BBC reporting that Imola would replace Shanghai.
That report, as well as many others, have proved to be correct, with there being few surprises in the schedule that has now been officially confirmed.
“We are excited to announce the 2022 calendar as we prepare to enter a new era for the sport with brand new regulations and cars for next year that are designed to create closer racing,” said F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.
“This season has been incredible so far with great battles on the track, large audiences tuning in and fans returning to the races after the impact of the pandemic. We look forward to welcoming more fans back next season and hope 2022 feels more normal than the life we have all experienced in the past two years.
“We are very pleased with the interest in Formula 1 from places that want to host races and the growth of the sport and believe we have a fantastic calendar for 2022 with destinations like Miami joining famous and historic venues.
“The pandemic is still with us, and we will therefore continue to be vigilant and safe – to protect all our personnel and the communities we visit.”
The 2022 #F1 calendar is here! 🙌
A record-breaking 23 races 🏅
A brand new grand prix in Miami 💜
Australia, Canada, Singapore and Japan all return 👌 pic.twitter.com/khq5lAF1IR
— Formula 1 (@F1) October 15, 2021
In both of the past two years, the calendar has been hugely altered as the season has gone on due to the impact of COVID-19.
Many expect that to be the case again in 2022, and the sport has promised to be safe and closely monitor the situation in every country.
“The 2022 season follows an unprecedented two years for Formula 1 in which the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a revised calendar of 17 races in 2020 and 22 races in 2021 – a huge achievement given the international nature of the sport,” a statement reads.
“It has been fantastic to welcome fans back to events this year, and we will continue to ensure this is done safely and in line with national guidelines.
“The pandemic has continued to present challenges to the 2021 season, but the entire sport has shown its ability to react and adapt to the challenges as they have arisen.
“While we hope the virus recedes further in the coming months for everyone around the world, we will continue to closely monitor the situation and work closely with the promoters and national authorities.”