With as many as 24 dates from March to December, the 2024 Formula 1 calendar will be the longest ever in the history of motorsport’s top series. In fact, the 2024 F1 season will kick off among the sands of Bahrain on March 2, concluding in the spectacular setting of Abu Dhabi on December 8.
Regionalize the F1 2024 calendar
Among the main missions of the organizer during the placement of the 24 events is undoubtedly that of sustainability (ecological, but also economic and HR, given the length of the season). That is why the criterion applied is regionality: create large blocks of nearby races that allow for quick travel and low cost. It is precisely because of this principle that Japan is moved to the first part of the season, with the Suzuka race on April 7, while the Baku Grand Prix in Azerbaijan is positioned immediately after Monza to close the European tranche. Interesting are the many -but necessary- triple-headers, i.e., the three consecutive weekends, such as Spain, Austria and Great Britain or the final weekend in Las Vegas, Lusail and Abu Dhabi.
China also makes its return to the calendar after a five-year absence, making it the seventh race on the Asian continent on the 2024 F1 calendar; six are in the Americas and 10 are in Europe.
The Formula 1 2024 calendar
- March, 2 – Bahrain, Sakhir
- March, 9 – Saudi Arabia, Jeddah
- March, 24 – Australia, Melbourne
- April, 7 – Japan, Suzuka
- April, 21 – China, Shanghai
- May, 5 – Miami, Miami
- May, 19 – Emilia Romagna, Imola
- May, 26 – Monaco, Monaco
- June, 9 – Canada, Montreal
- June, 23 – Spain, Barcelona
- June, 30 – Austria, Spielberg
- July, 7 – United Kingdom, Silverstone
- July, 21 – Hungary, Budapest
- July, 28 – Belgium, Spa-Francorchamps
- August, 25 – Netherlands, Zandovoort
- September, 1 – Italy, Monza
- September, 9 – Azerbaijan, Baku
- September, 22 – Singapore, Singapore
- October, 10 – USA, Austin
- October, 27 – Mexico, Mexico City
- Novembbre, 3 – Brazil, Sao Paulo
- November, 23 – Las Vegas, Las Vegas
- December, 1 – Qatar, Lusail
- December, 8 – Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina
Challenges and opportunities
The first two races of Bahrain e Saudi Arabia will run on Saturday instead of Sunday to allow for the proper celebration of the holidays of the Ramadan, that begin for the Islamic world just Sunday, March 10, in the aftermath of the Jeddah Grand Prix (to allow for safe logistics, the race of the Bahrain, scheduled for the previous weekend). It is just one of the many signs of the Circus’s extraordinary internationalization and the relevance of the top 4-wheel series to an ever-widening cross-section of audiences.
The U.S. explosion, due to Drive to Survive but not only, is forcing the FIA and the various governing bodies to manage wisely the great appetite for F1 in the star-studded territories but in general throughout North America. Mexico, Canada, and the United States count 5 races in total-an impressive number for a market that is growing widely but whose possible saturation thresholds are still difficult to understand.
and brands involved in the championship, the very long F1 2024 calendar is a golden opportunity to secure even more awareness and additional engagement opportunities. The gradual reduction of the winter break, now reduced to not even three months off, prevents the sport from losing newsworthiness and ensures more extensive coverage throughout the calendar year, once again benefiting investors, partners and passionate audiences.
On the other hand, a championship of this size is a significant economic, engineering, organizational and human challenge, and it will be interesting to see how teams, drivers and staff cope with a campaign of some 10 months in which there are very few stopovers and the famous summer break is now reduced to little more than three weeks.
Ambitions and confirmations
All things considered, it is clear that Formula 1’s 2024 calendar is yet another confirmation, if any were needed, of the championship’s state of grace. A season of this magnitude is possible only if undergirded by solid general enthusiasm and the certainty of afirst-rate organization in the four corners of the world. The many sell-outs recorded by the series in the past two years are a sign of a sport that is healthy and still can afford to grow, meeting temporal, even before geographic, boundaries. While it is true that circuits old and new want Formula 1, it must be said that the weeks available are few and the logistical demands stringent. Ambitions and possibilities are currently dosed expertly by Domenicali and his staff, who have the second most prestigious sports league in the world in terms of reach and popularity on their hands.