A first draft of the 2022 calendar has been leaked, revealing it will consist of 23 races as expected, starting in Bahrain and ending in Abu Dhabi.
The sport has long been clear that it wants next season to be the longest ever after plans to have 23 rounds this year were thwarted by the global pandemic.
Due to said pandemic, it has been unclear which venues would make it onto the 2022 schedule and whether it would be one predominantly consisting of ones in Europe again.
A leaked calendar from Gazzetta dello Sport has revealed that won’t be the case, with the races in Australia, Canada, Japan and China – none of which have gone ahead this year – all returning.
In fact, the sport apparently won’t head to Europe until the sixth round, the Spanish Grand Prix, with races in the Middle East, Australia, China and Miami kicking the campaign off.
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The only question marks that apparently remain are whether a race at Paul Ricard or the more popular Imola will fill the sport on July 17, and whether Singapore or Turkey will host round 18.
Both of the above races will serve as a leg of tripleheaders, with the former coming after races in England and Austria, and the latter taking place between ones in Sochi and Suzuka.
In total, there are three tripleheaders, with the other consisting of Spa, Zandvoort and Monza, and four doubleheaders.
Given that a number of members of the paddock called for an end to having three races in three weeks next year, there will most likely be some complaints about the calendar if this leaked version is correct.
The full schedule is as follows:
March 20 – Bahrain Grand Prix
March 27 – Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
April 10 – Australian Grand Prix
April 24 – Chinese Grand Prix
May 08 – Miami Grand Prix
May 22 – Spanish Grand Prix
May 29 – Monaco Grand Prix
June 12 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix
June 19 – Canadian Grand Prix
July 3 – British Grand Prix
July 10 – Austrian Grand Prix
July 17 – French Grand Prix or Imola Grand Prix
July 31 – Hungarian Grand Prix
August 28 – Belgian Grand Prix
September 04 – Dutch Grand Prix
September 11 – Italian Grand Prix
September 25 – Russian Grand Prix
October 02 – Turkish Grand Prix or Singapore Grand Prix
October 09 – Japanese Grand Prix
October 23 – United States Grand Prix
October 30 – Mexican Grand Prix
November 13 – Brazilian Grand Prix
November 20 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
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