China is set to host its first F1 grand prix in five years after the racing organisation confirmed the country’s inclusion in the 2024 calendar.
As part of F1’s rescheduled lineup for next season, China will be involved in a record number of races. The country was initially due to host a grand prix this season but F1 cancelled its involvement as China was enforcing COVID-19 restrictions.
“I am delighted to announce the 2024 calendar with 24 races that will deliver an exciting season for our fans around the world,” said Stefano Domenicali, President and Chief Executive of Formula One.
“There is huge interest and continued demand for Formula 1, and I believe this calendar strikes the right balance between traditional races and new and existing venues.
“I want to thank all of the promoters and partners for their support and effort to achieve this great schedule. Our journey to a more sustainable calendar will continue in the coming years as we further streamline operations as part of our Net Zero 2030 commitment.”
“We have plenty of racing to look forward to in 2023, including the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix, and our fans can look forward to more excitement next season.”
As a result of China’s 2024 grand prix date, Japan and Azerbaijan will be moved to September with the latter being part of a double-header with the Singapore grand prix as F1 aims to create better grouping of its events.
The Canadian grand prix was also eyed to be moved to May alongside the Miami event, as opposed to its traditional June date. But race organisers in the country pushed back citing weather conditions may negatively affect the race and prove to be too difficult.
The opening two races of the 2024 season will commence in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to observe Ramadan commitments in the countries.
The season will end as part of a triple-header as the inaugural Las Vegas race, Qatar and Abu Dhabi grand prix will close the racing calendar.
Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), concluded: “We want to make the global spectacle of Formula One more efficient in terms of environmental sustainability and more manageable for the travelling staff who dedicate so much of their time to our sport.
“Stefano Domenicali and his team have done a great job to both bring in new and exciting venues in emerging markets for Formula One, and stay true to the sport’s long and remarkable heritage.”