On Wednesday it was announced that next year’s Formula 1 campaign will be the longest season ever. The new campaign will start in Bahrain on March 2 and run through to December 8 when the season concludes in Abu Dhabi.
The schedule marks the return of the Chinese Grand-Prix on the calendar for the first time since 2019. Due to uncertainty over the Covid situation in the country this year the race had to be cancelled, but will go ahead in the 2024 season now that restrictions have been lifted. Along with the Emilia Romagna Grand-Prix which is also back on the calendar after being postponed this year due to flooding in the region, the season will the longest ever with 24-races in total.
Formula 1 have also actively taken decisions with awareness of Ramadan too meaning the first two races of the calendar in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia will be held on a Saturday.
The other noteworthy change to next season’s schedule is Formula 1’s clear intention to reduce the volume of travelling throughout the season in an attempt to make the season more sustainable.
Through the development of sustainable fuel, pushing the usage of single-use plastics and reducing the amount of travel required over the season, F1 have committed to becoming Net Zero Carbon by 2030.
These ambitious plans involve all the teams, promoters and broadcasters working in unison to reduce the sport’s large carbon footprint. Therefore, despite the need to travel across the globe, F1 have designed their 2024 calendar in a way that will reduce the amount of travelling between each race.
As part of these changes the Japanese Grand-Prix has been moved back to April in order to go back-to-back with China. Azerbaijan will also be moved to September to be twinned with Singapore in 2024 and Qatar has been joined up with Abu Dhabi in order to give the season an efficient and condensed flow of races in certain regions. As a result this will reduce the levels of travel involved throughout the season and help to promote more sustainable practices in the sport going forward.
However, the plan to reduce their carbon footprint has been damaged by Canada’s reluctance to work with F1’s plans to reschedule their race in tandem with the Miami Grand-Prix in May. Instead the schedule will see the teams travel back from the United States in May to compete in Italy and Monaco before heading to Montreal in June – forcing them to do two trips across the Atlantic in the space of a month.
Despite these concerns the schedule for 2024 is a vast improvement on previous years in terms of cutting back unnecessary travel and will be a huge step forward in there plans to become more sustainable.
The usual suspects will be in the running for the World Championship title once again in 2024. Red Bull will be the team to beat with Max Verstappen looking very likely to make it a hat trick of championships in 2023, but the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso will also be looking to make an impact during the longest F1 season we have ever had in 2024.
Keeping up with tradition, The British Grand Prix at Silverstone will be held around the halfway point of the season within the first weekend of July and you will be able to watch the race unfold with groups of all sizes and incredible trackside views from our ICON facility again next year.
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