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Formula 1 wants to set up a more logical calendar next year, in terms of logistics, in particular by proposing to group races by geographical areas, which also has a “sustainable” interest. What seems certain is that Bahrain will open the season and Abu Dhabi will close it, while the first race will take place in Las Vegas on Saturday evening November 18. The opening up to new lucrative markets puts pressure on certain historical European races, which do not generate as much revenue as the new destinations or whose contracts are much less juicy.
A Ricard or nothing
The contract with the French Grand Prix comes to an end this year and it now seems unlikely that it will be kept on the calendar. In three disputed editions, the race has not made an impression and the entries (135,000 in 2019) are far from the monster crowds of Silverstone or Austin at 400,000 people. The alternation was in the cards to save it (with Spa precisely?), and we must quickly forget the rumor of a race in Nice, which is more a matter of “buzz” and pressure towards Monaco than anything else.
Spa’ finished yet?
Spa-Francorchamps can still hope for a one-year extension of the contract which is about to expire, and it would still be surprising if the race were cleared in this way, while the circuit, acclaimed by all, has undertaken major work to improve security. The fate of Belgium seems linked to the maintenance or not of China and especially to the potential return of South Africa, to Kyalami, in a calendar which must remain capped at 24 races, whatever happens. But nothing says that Kyalami will be ready from 2023, while the last grand prix took place there in 1993.
Let’s not also forget Monaco, which is also on waivers. If the defense of this historic meeting is unanimous in the paddock, it is the money that decides and the event of the Principality will undoubtedly have to give up its financial privileges to maintain its rank.
Rumors point to a 2023 F1 calendar without France or Belgium, two historic grand prix excluded, as Las Vegas arrives! The contract with Le Castellet comes to an end in 2022, after 4 out of 5 editions run.