The 2024 Formula 1 World Championship calendar has broken cover, with a run of 24 races that begins in Bahrain and finishes in Abu Dhabi. So what are the main differences for this upcoming campaign?

    The season begins with two Saturday races

    For the first time since 1985, a full World Championship Grand Prix will take place on a day other than Sunday this year when the lights go out for the much-anticipated inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix at 10pm local time on Saturday 18 November 2023.

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    In 2024, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia will join Las Vegas in making it three Saturday races on the calendar, the former two accommodating Ramadan, a period of fasting, prayer and reflection observed by Muslims around the world, which begins on Sunday March 10 – one day after the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

    It means everything will shift forward a day for the opening two events, with the media day taking place on Wednesday, the opening two free practice sessions on Thursday, FP3 and qualifying on Friday and the main event – the Grand Prix – on Saturday.

    BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - MARCH 03: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Ferrari SF-23 on track
    The Bahrain Grand Prix season opener will take place on a Saturday

    Races move position to support regionalisation

    Formula 1 calendars are complicated things, with some races needing to be at certain times of year otherwise it’ll be too hot or too cold to go racing.

    It makes slotting each race into the calendar an interesting challenge.

    In the pursuit of a more regionalised calendar, which in turn will make the sport more sustainable, three races have moved position for 2024.

    The Japanese Grand Prix is the biggest mover, switching from a September date to April – in the heart of the country’s beautiful cherry blossom season.

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    The Japanese Grand Prix will take place in April 2024
    The Japanese Grand Prix will take place in April 2024

    Freight can now move from Australia to Japan and then onto China to improve the efficiencies of travelling.

    The Azerbaijan Grand Prix moves from an April slot to September and is the first of a back-to-back with Singapore.

    And finally, Qatar shifts from October to the first weekend of December as a stop-off from Las Vegas on the way to Abu Dhabi.

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    Formula 1 set for bumper 24-race calendar

    China is set to make its first appearance on the F1 calendar since 2019 – its absence down to the ongoing difficulties presented by Covid-19.

    That means F1 will have a bumper 24 races – with the traditional three-week summer break remaining in August, plus an additional three-week pause between Singapore and Austin and a two-week breather between Brazil and Las Vegas.

    Check out the full calendar below…

    2024 F1 calendar

    Date Grand Prix Venue
    February 29 – March 2 Bahrain Sakhir
    March 7-9 Saudi Arabia Jeddah
    March 22-24 Australia Melbourne
    April 5-7 Japan Suzuka
    April 19-21 China Shanghai
    May 3-5 Miami Miami
    May 17-19 Emilia Romagna Imola
    May 24-26 Monaco Monaco
    June 7-9 Canada Montreal
    June 21-23 Spain Barcelona
    June 28-30 Austria Spielberg
    July 5-7 United Kingdom Silverstone
    July 19-21 Hungary Budapest
    July 26-28 Belgium Spa
    August 23-25 Netherlands Zandvoort
    August 30 – September 1 Italy Monza
    September 13-15 Azerbaijan Baku
    September 20-22 Singapore Singapore
    October 18-20 USA Austin
    October 25-27 Mexico Mexico City
    November 1-3 Brazil Sao Paulo
    November 21-23 Las Vegas Las Vegas
    November 29 – December 1 Qatar Lusail
    December 6-8 Abu Dhabi Yas Marina