REPORT: Potential 2022 F1 Calendar as Imola Set to Replace Chinese GP

Published 09/28/2021, 2:09 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021 General view during the sprint qualifying REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


The ongoing 2021 F1 season still has seven races to go before drawing to a close. However, excitement for next season has already picked up, as new aspects of the motor sport lay in store.

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Along with new technical regulations, there’s significant buzz around the 2022 F1 calendar. While there’s no official word on the schedule for next year, this might be how the season would pan out in 2022.

2022 F1 calendar to see 23 races unfold in a shorter timeframe

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The 2021 F1 calendar saw a record-breaking 23 races planned for the first time. However, the cancellation of the Japanese Grand Prix meant F1 couldn’t find a replacement in time to stick to that number. Hence, this season will comprise 22 races, with the location for Round 20 yet to be decided.

Next season, F1 will once again attempt to complete a 23-race season. However, they will do so in 13 days lesser than this season. According to Auto Motor und Sport, the Bahrain Grand Prix will serve as the season opener once again on March 20, 2022.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

However, the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will take place on November 20, 2022, 20 days earlier than this year’s season finale on December 10.

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Imola likely to replace Shanghai yet again in 2022

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Due to COVID-19, the Chinese Grand Prix didn’t feature on the F1 calendar in 2020 and 2021. Although it could return next year, travel restrictions could once again hinder appearance on the calendar.

Hence, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, held in Imola for two seasons, could find a comfortable slot for itself on April 24, 2022. The season could see three triple-headers unfold, with one in July and another right after the summer break. The final triple header could take place outside Europe from September 25, 2022 to October 9, 2022.

Here’s a final look at what the potential 2022 F1 calendar could look like.

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DateGrand PrixLocation
March 20, 2022Bahrain Grand PrixSakhir
March 27, 2022Saudi Arabian Grand PrixJeddah
April 10, 2022Australian Grand PrixMelbourne
April 24, 2022Chinese Grand Prix/Emilia Romagna Grand PrixShanghai/Imola
May 8, 2022Miami Grand PrixMiami
May 22, 2022Spanish Grand PrixBarcelona
May 29, 2022Monaco Grand PrixMonte Carlo
June 12, 2022Azerbaijan Grand PrixBaku
June 19, 2022Canadian Grand PrixMontreal
July 3, 2022British Grand PrixSilverstone
July 10, 2022Austrian Grand PrixSpielberg
July 17, 2022French Grand PrixLe Castellet
July 31, 2022Hungarian Grand PrixBudapest
August 28, 2022Belgian Grand PrixSpa-Francorchamps
September 4, 2022Dutch Grand PrixZandvoort
September 11, 2022Italian Grand PrixMonza
September 25, 2022Russian Grand PrixSochi
October 2, 2022Singapore Grand PrixMarina Bay, Singapore
October 9, 2022Japanese Grand PrixSuzuka
October 23, 2022United States Grand PrixAustin, Texas
October 30, 2022Mexican Grand PrixMexico City
November 13, 2022Brazillian Grand PrixSao Paulo
November 20, 2022Abu Dhabi Grand PrixYas Marina, Abu Dhabi

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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