A first draft of the 2022 calendar has been leaked, revealing it will consist of 23 races as expected, starting in Bahrain and ending in Abu Dhabi.
The sport has long been clear that it wants next season to be the longest ever after plans to have 23 rounds this year were thwarted by the global pandemic.
Due to said pandemic, it has been unclear which venues would make it onto the 2022 schedule and whether it would be one predominantly consisting of ones in Europe again.
A leaked calendar from Gazzetta dello Sport has revealed that won't be the case, with the races in Australia, Canada, Japan and China – none of which have gone ahead this year – all returning.
In fact, the sport apparently won't head to Europe until the sixth round, the Spanish Grand Prix, with races in the Middle East, Australia, China and Miami kicking the campaign off.
The only question marks that apparently remain are whether a race at Paul Ricard or the more popular Imola will fill the sport on 17 July and whether Singapore or Turkey will host round 18.
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The above races will serve as a leg of tripleheaders, with the former coming after races in England and Austria and the latter taking place between ones in Sochi and Suzuka.
There are three tripleheaders, with the other consisting of Spa, Zandvoort and Monza, and four doubleheaders.
Given that several paddock members called for an end to having three races in three weeks next year, there will most likely be some complaints about the calendar if this leaked version is correct.
The full schedule is as follows:
20 March – Bahrain Grand Prix
27 March – Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
10 April – Australian Grand Prix
24 April – Chinese Grand Prix
8 May – Miami Grand Prix
22 May – Spanish Grand Prix
29 May – Monaco Grand Prix
12 June – Azerbaijan Grand Prix
19 June – Canadian Grand Prix
3 July – British Grand Prix
10 July – Austrian Grand Prix
17 July – French Grand Prix or Imola Grand Prix
31 July – Hungarian Grand Prix
28 August – Belgian Grand Prix
4 September – Dutch Grand Prix
11 September – Italian Grand Prix
25 September – Russian Grand Prix
2 October – Turkish Grand Prix or Singapore Grand Prix
9 October – Japanese Grand Prix
23 October – United States Grand Prix
30 October – Mexican Grand Prix
13 November – Brazilian Grand Prix
20 November – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix