F1 2022: Monaco GP stays, Singapore and Paul Ricard at risk as calendar revealed
Monaco will continue to host its Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2022, with Paul Ricard and Marina Bay at risk of being replaced by Imola and Istanbul Park.
Ok, we have some good news as it appears that Monaco, despite Rencken's speculation, appears to be staying put on the F1 2022 calendar, meaning it will once again host a race. Monaco was feared to be dropped, but the new calendar has eased people's minds about the famous Grand Prix. However Monaco is set for a shorter weekend.
Paul Ricard is said to be on the line, as the date for its weekend, after Britain/Austria, also features Imola. Yes that's right, France could get replaced by Italy. Singapore's also at risk of losing its slot altogether, as Turkey once again comes into the frey - but would Imola and Turkey be replacements for cancelled races, or would they come on permanent deals?
Imola could replace Paul Ricard under a new deal.
Turkey is also in the mix, as it could replace Singapore AGAIN. Turkey is set to host a race this year as replacement for the cancelled 2021 Singapore GP.
The dates of the British and Austrian rounds could be swapped, currently Britain is to be held on July 3, while Austria on July 10, but that is deeply uncertain. Jeddah is set to host Round 2 of the championship. Miami also will make its debut in May. The season starts on 20th March in Bahrain, with a Bahrain-Saudi Arabia double-header, followed by an Australia-China double header starting on the 10th of April in Australia. The first 2022 triple header will be formed by Britain, Austria and either Imola or Paul Ricard. Summer break will start after the Hungarian Grand Prix, as per usual. Brazil will return to being the penultimate round, while Abu Dhabi, as per usual, is the finale.
FULL 2022 CALENDAR (PICTURES FROM RACINGNEWS365.COM)
VERDICT ON NEW 2022 CALENDAR
While this calendar is yet to be finalised and there are two races on the line, 23 races is going to be an achievement. With Covid-19 looking like it's going on into 2022, we could see more cancelled races, namely the Australian, Brazilian, Mexican and Japanese rounds. F1 could be forced to truncate the 2022 F1 calendar like it has done for 2021. I was expecting Abu Dhabi to remain the finale, so no surprises that it stayed in that spot. I would like Turkey to come onto the calendar but we all knew that F1 wants a 23-race calendar, but I think 23 races are too much. F1 needs to drop some rounds, with the borefests except Monaco being dropped, and just have an 18-20 race calendar each year, as it will allow teams to have a break and for us to have a novelty feeling whenever there's a race on. The calendar though looks to have some exciting tracks on, or in the frey. I hope it isn't too long before F1 officially announces it with the Britain/Austria dates confirmed and with confirmation of the 2 TBC rounds.