The 2022 Formula One season will be one of the busiest in the sport’s history.
There are currently 22 races in the calendar due to the removal of the Russian Grand Prix – Qatar, Hockenheim and Istanbul have all been linked with a replacement race that would take us back up to 23 – but the racing will run from March until November, barring any interruptions.
Here’s all the dates you need to know and which races to keep an eye out for.
(Below dates are raceday. Most race weekends feature two practice sessions on Friday, a third on Saturday before qualifying. On sprint weekends, qualifying is held on Friday before the sprint race on Saturday. * denotes sprint weekend.)
- 20 March – Bahrain (Bahrain International Circuit; practice – 18 March qualifying – 19 March)
- 27 March – Saudi Arabia (Jeddah Corniche Circuit)
- 10 April – Australia (Albert Park Circuit)
- *24 April – Emilia Romagna (Imola Circuit)
- May 8 – Miami (Miami International Autodrome)
- May 22 – Spain (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya)
- May 29 – Monaco (Circuit de Monaco)
- June 12 – Azerbaijan (Baku City Circuit)
- June 19 – Canada (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve)
- 3 July – Britain (Silverstone Circuit)
- *10 July – Austria (Red Bull Ring)
- 24 July – France (@Circuit Paul Ricard)
- 31 July – Hungary (Hungaroring)
- 28 August – Belgium (Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps)
- 4 September – Netherlands (Circuit Zandvoort)
- 11 September – Italy (Monza Circuit)
- 2 October – Singapore (Marina Bay Street Circuit)
- 9 October – Japan (Suzuka International Racing Course)
- 23 October – USA (Circuit of the Americas)
- 30 October – Mexico (Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez)
- *13 November – Brazil (Interlagos Circuit)
- 20 November – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina Circuit)
10 April – Australia (Albert Park Circuit)
After two years not on the calendar, the Albert Park Circuit returns and while it is not in its traditional season opener spot there is still plenty on offer.
There is something special about races Down Under and the 5.3km circuit on the Melbourne waterfront is one of the most picturesque on the calendar.
It’s a fast circuit, allowing drivers to go full throttle for around 65 per cent of the lap, and is the inspiration for the Singapore and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Australia also has some of the sport’s most passionate fans especially when home driver Daniel Ricciardo is racing.
May 8 – Miami (Miami International Autodrome)
Miami is perhaps the most requested track ever if you were to ask the drivers. As F1’s popularity expands in the US, the calendar has been updated to include two races in the country.
The Miami International Autodrome will host the race and as well as the sun-kissed scenes, the track has an average speed of 140mph and two long straights into slow corners that should offer plenty of opportunity for overtaking.
May 29 – Monaco (Circuit de Monaco)
Monaco is one of the few places in the world that does not shell out an eight-figure sum for the right to host an F1 race, because frankly, what is F1 without Monaco.
The iconic capital of capitalism and comfort empties its streets for three days and allows the F1 cars to use it as their playground.
The race itself is usually something of a procession as the narrow streets of Monte Carlo make it virtually impossible to overtake, but the spectacle and celebrity-spotting is usually worth tuning in for nevertheless.
3 July – Britain (Silverstone Circuit)
Last year’s British Grand Prix was defined as a “test event” by the Government, allowing hundreds of thousands of fans to attend in scorching temperatures. Hamilton’s qualifying victory in front of a rapturous Friday night crowd was a scene to behold and felt like the beginning of the end of the pandemic in the UK.
It was two days later that Hamilton and Verstappen collided at Copse Corner, a crash that changed the entire timbre of the title race and will echo in motor racing history.
We can only dream of such drama this time around.
28 August – Belgium (Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps)
For some people, the grand prix at Spa will never be the same as the full-length track it was once held on, totaling nine miles in its longest, pre-war layout.
However, Spa was also one of the deadliest places in Europe when it came to F1 and no one can realistically argue things are not better now, although the circuit is still a dangerous place, as the world was reminded in 2019 when F2 driver Anthoine Hubert tragically lost his life there.
As such, racing at Spa is always tinged with sadness, especially for the likes of close friends Pierre Gasly and Charles Leclerc, but remains one of central fixtures of the F1 calendar.
4 September – Netherlands (Circuit Zandvoort)
Before the Dutch Grand Prix was reinstated, the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa was Max’s home race, which was not inappropriate given he was born in Belgium and lived there before moving to Monaco.
However, he has always raced professionally on a Dutch license and identifies as a Dutchman, so Zandvoort will be turned orange for the first weekend of September as he races on home soil for the first time as a world champion.
November 13 – Brazil (Interlagos Circuit)
The future of racing at Interlagos always seems to be somewhat precarious, with a five-year contract signed in 2020 to keep the grand prix there subjected to a legal challenge in January last year.
It ultimately failed but the long-term future of the race, which has previously struggled to cover costs, is such that we should treasure every event we get there, and what an event it often is. The changeable weather has so often created a drama, not least in 2008 when Lewis Hamilton won the world title on the final corner of the soaked circuit.
20 November – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina Circuit)
And if you want drama, you could hardly look further than the remodeled Yas Marina Circuit, albeit the final day of 2021’s epic season was hardly down to the layout of track.
The racing was nevertheless improved in Abu Dhabi by the reduction in corners and with the new regulations too, it should create some excellent excitement in the season finale.