Formula 1’s governing body on Friday approved a record-breaking 23-race schedule for 2022, with the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai missing for the third year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Races in Australia, Singapore, Canada and Japan – all canceled in the past two seasons – have been included in a season that marks the start of a new era for the sport with a major regulatory change. “Due to the ongoing pandemic conditions, China will not be included in the 2022 schedule. China will be back on schedule as soon as conditions permit,” Formula 1 said in a statement.

The season kicks off at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain on March 20 and ends at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi on November 20, the championship’s first arrival since 2010. Formula 1 is keen to avoid a clash with the FIFA World Cup. will debut in Qatar at the end of November.

The Miami Grand Prix on May 8 will be the sport’s only new race for 2022, providing a second round for the United States. The United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas will take place on October 23. This year was also set to feature 23 races, but ended up with 22, using the Turkish circuits of Istanbul Park and the Portuguese circuits of Portimao as substitutes to fill in the gaps left by cancellations as Saudi Arabia debuts in Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. Qatar.

The 2020 season had only 17 races. Six races next year are expected to take place in a new Sprint format tested this year at Silverstone and Monza with a third at Interlagos in Brazil next month.

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