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Monday, October 18, 2021

Formula 1 News: Imola set to replace Chinese GP for 2022 season

Formula 1 News: Imola set to replace Chinese GP on the 2022 calendar as 23 races are all but confirmed for next season.

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Formula 1 news: There are already plenty of changes expected with a record-breaking 23-race calendar for 2022. Earlier on Monday, it was reported that China will be replaced by a Grand Prix in Imola.

The 2022 Formula 1 season already looks set to be the longest, with 23 races planned. The season will begin with Bahrain in March and finish up with a race in Abu Dhabi by mid-November.

Imola was expected to join France, but France will now form a double-header with Hungary instead of a triple-header with Britain and Austria.

The final few changes would also see Singapore making its much-awaited return, replacing Turkey.

Formula 1 news: F1 Chief confirms Sprint format qualifying will feature in 2022

F1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali, also mentioned that 2022 will also feature the Sprint format at one-third of the races.

I can say we will not go everywhere with the Sprint format. It is something we want to keep for one-third of the races.

The 2022 calendar will be confirmed at the upcoming World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) meeting on 15th October 2021.

However, if something could be done, it would be best to not keep expanding the calendar.

Sure, more races equal more fun, but what about the human cost? What about the fact that people don’t meet their families for months when something of this sort happens?

AlphaTauri boss, Franz Tost, commented that those who have a problem with this should just go home.

I say, Mr. Tost, if the team members began to pack up their bags, you wouldn’t even have a team!

Working in F1 is a dream for many, but ever since the pandemic, the priorities of people have changed for the right reasons.

Those in power cannot ignore the thoughts of those under them, not anymore, because they are the ones suffering the most.

There’s no quick solution, but it would be great to see some initiative being taken. Until then, enjoy the remaining six races!

The 2021 F1 season is bound to go down to the wire with only six races remaining. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen currently leads the Championship standings by six points, ahead of reigning champion Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton is chasing a record eighth world title, which will see him pip Michael Schumacher as the driver with the most F1 titles.

Provisional calendar for 2022 F1 season

BahrainMarch 20
Saudi ArabiaMarch 27
AustraliaApril 10
ImolaApril 24
US (Miami)May 8
SpainMay 22
MonacoMay 29
AzerbaijanJune 12
CanadaJune 19
Great Britain*July 3
Austria*July 10
FranceJuly 24
HungaryJuly 31
BelgiumAugust 28
NetherlandsSeptember 4
ItalySeptember 11
RussiaSeptember 25
SingaporeOctober 2
JapanOctober 9
US (Austin)October 23
MexicoOctober 30
BrazilNovember 13
Abu DhabiNovember 20
*Race dates subject to confirmation
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