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Three key stand outs from the 2024 F1 calendar

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Lawrence Barretto
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MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 18: A general view of the opening lap

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 because of 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

DateGrand PrixVenue
February 29 – March 2BahrainSakhir
March 7-9Saudi ArabiaJeddah
March 22-24AustraliaMelbourne
April 5-7JapanSuzuka
April 19-21ChinaShanghai
May 3-5MiamiMiami
May 17-19Emilia RomagnaImola
May 24-26MonacoMonaco
June 7-9CanadaMontreal
June 21-23SpainBarcelona
June 28-30AustriaSpielberg
July 5-7United KingdomSilverstone
July 19-21HungaryBudapest
July 26-28BelgiumSpa
August 23-25NetherlandsZandvoort
August 30 – September 1ItalyMonza
September 13-15AzerbaijanBaku
September 20-22SingaporeSingapore
October 18-20USAAustin
October 25-27MexicoMexico City
November 1-3BrazilSao Paulo
November 21-23Las VegasLas Vegas
November 29 – December 1QatarLusail
December 6-8Abu DhabiYas Marina
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