Bahrain GP: When is the First F1 Race of the 2022 Season?

Published 12/23/2021, 5:01 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly in action at the start of the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


F1 will bring in new regulations for the 2022 season. The sport will see an enormous change as we expect the new 2022 cars to be better for racing; they will also have bigger tires, as 18-inch tires will be introduced in place of the 13-inch tires currently in use. But unlike every season, the first race will not be at the Australian Grand Prix; just like the 2021 season, the Bahrain Grand Prix will host the opening race of the season.

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The sport will have a Middle East doubleheader to kick off the 2022 season. The first race will be on 18-20 March 2022 at the Sakhir International Circuit while the second race will be at the Jeddah Circuit in Saudi Arabia.

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F1 to host a record-breaking 23 races in the 2022 season

As reported by Formula1.com, the sport will host a record-breaking 23 races in the 2022 season. But just like 2020 and 2021, safety will the priority for the season.

“The 2022 season follows an unprecedented two years for Formula 1 in which the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a revised calendar of 17 races in 2020 and 22 races in 2021–a huge achievement given the international nature of the sport,” said F1.

Formula One F1 – Young Driver Test – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 14, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“We are excited to announce the 2022 calendar as we prepare to enter a new era for the sport with brand new regulations and cars for next year that are designed to create closer racing,” said F1 CEO after announcing the 2022 calendar.

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Before the season opener at Sakhir, there are plenty of things to look forward to. Ferrari has announced that they will be the first team to show their 2022 car. The Italian team mentioned that they have not decided on the date yet but they will present the car in February.

“The car will be presented middle of February. We have not decided yet the date. From the 16th to the 18th of February, that will be the date, but it’s something that will be finalized in the next weeks.” said Mattia Binotto.

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With less than three months to go before the start of the 2022 season, the excitement is at an all-time high. We cannot wait to see the new 2022 cars in Bahrain when the new season kicks off. What are your predictions for the next season?

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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