Formula 1 has unveiled a record-breaking 23-race calendar for 2022, making it the highest number of races featured in a single season.
The release of next year’s calendar comes after the schedule was approved by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council.
It is anticipated the season will return to normal next year as the world continues its vaccination efforts against COVID-19.
Australia will return to the calendar but will not be the season opener. Instead, Bahrain will host the first race of the year followed by Saudi Arabia and then Australia.
Other notable rounds include Canada, Singapore and Japan which are all expected to return next year for the first time since 2019.
In a statement, F1 paid respect to the achievement of fitting in a record number of races on the calendar but said the situation regarding COVID will continue to be monitored.
“The 2022 season follows an unprecedented two years for Formula 1 in which the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in revised calendar of 17 races in 2020 and 22 races in 2021 – a huge achievement given the international nature of the sport,” a statement from F1 said.
“It has been fantastic to welcome fans back to events this year, and we will continue to ensure this is done safely and in line with national guidelines.
“The pandemic has continued to present challenges to the 2021 season, but the entire sport has shown its ability to react and adapt to the challenges as they have arisen.
“While we hope the virus recedes further in the coming months for everyone around the world, we will continue to closely monitor the situation and work closely with the promoters and national authorities.”
The 2022 #F1 calendar is here! 🙌
A record-breaking 23 races 🏅
A brand new grand prix in Miami 💜
Australia, Canada, Singapore and Japan all return 👌 pic.twitter.com/khq5lAF1IR
— Formula 1 (@F1) October 15, 2021