The 2022 season will be a time of great change for F1. Not only do we hope that this is the first season to be unaffected by the Covid-19 pandemic for two years, radical new rules designed to see cars running closer together will come into effect.
The new rules were supposed to be in place for 2021, but the financial constraints put in place by the pandemic made it nigh-on impossible for teams to stomach the costs of developing completely new cars, and the change was pushed back to 2022.
The 2022 F1 calendar has yet to be announced, but eighteen races already have contracts in place guaranteeing them a place on the calendar, leaving eight 2021 tracks currently without a race for 2022. The only confirmed race date is that of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Update: 2022 F1 calendar to be announced on October 15th
Updated 17:00 Wednesday 22nd September. F1’s CEO Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that the 2022 F1 calendar will be announced on October 15th after a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC).
Speaking to CNN the former Ferrari boss confirmed that the plan for 2022 was to hold a 23-race season, one more than will be held in 2021. The original plan for the current season had been for a 23 race calendar, but Covid-19 pandemic pressures have forced a reduction to the current figure of 22.
Domenicali also confirmed that the ’22 season will finish earlier than this season, which will end in Abu Dhabi on December 12th. The 2021 season currently has a space for another race in November. It is thought that this race will be at Qatar, but an announcement is expected soon.
2022 F1 calendar
British Grand Prix
Update: 2022 British GP date announced – first weekend in July
Updated 11:00 Friday 10th September 2021. The 2022 British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone has become the first race on the calendar to get a provisional date after the BRDC – which owns Silverstone – announced it would take place on 1st-3rd July 2022.
The date is a move back to the British F1 round’s more traditional early-July slot, having taken place two weeks later in 2021 on 18th July.
Over 140,000 fans were able to attend the British Grand Prix this year, one of the first major motorsports to take place with fans in the UK, following the Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard the weekend before, and Silverstone will be hoping for a repeat in a sunny July slot in 2022.
The full provisional calendar is expected to be announced in the next few weeks, with complications delaying the announcement as organisers try to sort out both the complex 2022 schedule and rearrange races in 2021 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
2022 F1 race contracts
Australian Grand Prix
Albert Park, Melbourne
Austrian Grand Prix
Red Bull Ring, Spielberg
Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Baku City Circuit
Bahrain Grand Prix
Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
Belgian Grand Prix
Canadian Grand Prix
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
Chinese Grand Prix
Shanghai International Circuit
Dutch Grand Prix
French Grand Prix
Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet
Hungarian Grand Prix
Italian Grand Prix
Japanese Grand Prix
Mexico City Grand Prix
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City
Miami Grand Prix
Hard Rock Stadium Circuit
Russian Grand Prix
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Jeddah Street Circuit
Sao Paul Grand Prix
Interlagos, Sao Paulo
That leaves the Abu Dhabi, Emilia Romagna, Monaco, Portuguese, Spanish, Styrian, Turkish and United States Grands Prix without confirmed deals for 2022. While we can probably expect the Styrian Grand Prix not to return, should the calendar not need filling with double rounds, the Emilia Romagna and Portuguese Grands Prix may hope to remain, although without extra budget appearing it would be difficult to expect them to be back. The same situation is true for the Turkish Grand Prix, which stepped in to replace Australia in 2021.
Of the remaining races Monaco, Abu Dhabi and Spain are almost certain to return and there seems little appetite to leave the US with a single race, so the Circuit of the Americas will probably hold a race again.
Although no indication has been given of the structure of the 2022 calendar, it is now expected that Australia will not host the opening round after a two-year absence. Melbourne’s race had hosted the first race of each F1 season since 1996 except one, but has been missing from F1’s season for two years. Organisers admitted recently that they did not expect to open the season in 2022.
We expect F1 2022 to begin in Bahrain before the Chinese Grand Prix, and then head for the usual European F1 season, beginning in Spain and Monaco in Spring. Canada will most like provide a break from the European rounds either before or after the British and French grands prix while the Hungarian race will most likely precede the mandated summer break.
The second portion of the 2022 F1 calendar will most likely start with the Belgian and Italian GPs before the Formula 1 circus heads away from Europe to the Americas. While no actual dates have been given for the US and Miami grands prix (should COTA return) it’s expected that they will sit at least a few months away from each other on the calendar.
With F1’s head Stefano Domenicali confirming that the calendar is not going to expand beyond the 23-race calendar that was originally scheduled for 2021, there may be some nervous moments for the races currently without deals, before the first provisional calendar comes out in a few weeks’ time. As soon as that F1 calendar is announced, usually around F1’s summer break, we’ll bring you the full rundown right here on GRR.