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2024 Formula 1 Season: A Thrilling 24-Race Calendar Unveiled

From Bahrain to Abu Dhabi, a Spectacular Year of Racing Awaits

The 2024 Formula 1 season promises to be nothing short of spectacular, with a record-breaking 24-race calendar set to captivate fans around the globe. While the 2023 season was packed with 22 races (unfortunately, the Emilia-Romagna GP had to be canceled due to severe flooding), 2024 is gearing up to offer even more thrills and excitement.

The action kicks off early, with pre-season testing in Bahrain scheduled from Wednesday, 21 February to Friday, 23 February. This testing period serves as a crucial warm-up for teams and drivers, allowing them to fine-tune their machines and strategies ahead of the grueling season.

The Bahrain Grand Prix, marking the official start of the 2024 season, takes place on 2 March 2024, on a unique Saturday night. This night race promises to be a thrilling spectacle under the desert lights.

Just a week later, on 9 March, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is set to electrify fans. However, a notable change this year is the race day. In deference to the Muslim holy period of Ramadan, which commences on Sunday, 10 March, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix has been shifted to a Saturday night.

With consecutive race weekends on the horizon, organizers have wisely chosen to hold the Bahrain Grand Prix on a Saturday, ensuring ample time to transport all the essential equipment to the next destination. This logistical maneuver showcases the commitment of the Formula 1 community to deliver a seamless and exhilarating season.

One of the most anticipated highlights of the 2024 season is the return of the Chinese Grand Prix. After a hiatus since 2019, this event is making a triumphant comeback. In 2023, it had to be canceled due to stringent COVID-19 restrictions in the country, but 2024 heralds its revival.

To accommodate the rescheduled Chinese Grand Prix, the Japanese Grand Prix has been shifted from its usual September slot to April. Traditionally held after the summer break, the Japanese Grand Prix will now serve as the fourth round of the 2024 season, setting the stage for the much-anticipated Chinese GP.

In yet another strategic move, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku has been moved to the second half of the year, taking place from 13-15 September. This shift aligns it with the race calendar, positioning it just a week before the Singapore Grand Prix.

As part of Formula 1’s commitment to achieving Net Zero 2030 sustainability goals, the FIA has taken strides toward regionalizing the calendar for the upcoming year,” stated Stefano Domenicali, Formula 1’s President and CEO.

“I am delighted to announce the 2024 calendar with 24 races that will deliver an exciting season for our fans around the world. 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.”

As the season progresses and temperatures rise, the Qatar Grand Prix steps in as the penultimate race of the year, set to unfold from 29 November to 1 December. This change addresses the challenge of racing in extreme heat, ensuring the safety and comfort of drivers and teams.

Lastly, the 2024 Formula 1 season will culminate in grand style with the Grand Finale in Abu Dhabi, spanning from 6 December to 8 December. This race promises to be a fitting conclusion to an action-packed year of Formula 1 racing.

In summary, the 2024 Formula 1 season is poised to rewrite the record books with its 24-race calendar, featuring exciting changes and a return to some beloved venues. With pre-season testing just around the corner and a wealth of thrilling races ahead, Formula 1 enthusiasts have every reason to be excited.

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