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F1 Calendar: What Races in 2024 Should You Watch?

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The 2024 F1 calendar is confirmed with the first race of the season scheduled on February 29. Before that, pre-season testing takes place from the 21 to 23 at the Bahrain International Circuit, where the Bahrain Grand Prix takes place. This is F1’s heaviest schedule having 24 races. 

The FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) has also regionalized the races to create a more sustainable calendar. This is what the 2024 F1 calendar looks like.

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Bahrain Grand Prix

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Bahrain Grand Prix. Source: Wikimedia licensed by CC-BY-2.0

Bahrain Grand Prix is the season opener. It takes place at the Bahrain International Circuit from February 29 to Friday, March 1. This will be its 20th season since its first in 2004. The Duel in the Desert, as it was called, produced one of the best rivalries on the grid between Lewis Hamilton and now retired driver, Nico Rosberg. Dutch driver Max Verstappen won this FIA Formula One World Championship race.

Saudi Arabia Grand Prix

From Bahrain, drivers move to Saudi Arabia from March 7 to 9 for this event. It takes place in the Jeddah Circuit, which produces 50 laps. The race will take place for the fourth year since its first in 2021. Mexican driver Sergio Perez won the race in 2023. 

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Australian Grand Prix

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Australian Grand Prix. Source: Wikimedia licensed by  CC-BY-2.0

Drivers will have a bit of a break as they travel down under for the Australian Grand Prix from March 22 to 24th. The race has been held since 1928. This will be the 86th time, but only the third time it’ll take place at the Alberta Park Circuit in Melbourne. This track has 58 laps. Red Bull driver Verstappen won last year’s race.

Japanese Grand Prix

The F1 calendar takes drivers and viewers to Asia’s first race of the season in Japan. The race takes place earlier than usual as it used to be one of the last races. The Suzuka Circuit has produced memorable championship-winning battles with 13 World Champions winning the title here. Red Bull racing’s Verstappen is the reigning winner of the race.

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Chinese Grand Prix

Formula One teams will stay in Asia as they stop in China from April 19 to 21. The race returns to the calendar for the first time since 2019. It’ll also provide the first sprint race of the year. It was set to make a return last year but COVID-19 policies prevented its return. 

Miami Grand Prix

The Miami Grand Prix is next on the F1 calendar. It’s scheduled to take place between May 3 and 5 at the Miami International Autodrome. This will be the circuit’s third race after its first in 2022. Verstappen won the race after 57 laps. Additionally, it will host a sprint race, so Formula One fans will have a lot to look forward to this weekend.

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Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

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Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Source: Wikimedia licensed by CC-BY-SA-4.0

The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is a mainstay in the F1 calendar. It’s been held since 1981 and the two drivers who’ve won it the most are German Michael Schumacher and British driver Lewis Hamilton. Ferrari’s won the most drivers constructors championship with 20. In 2023, Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz was on pole but finished third in the race.

Monaco Grand Prix

This is another longstanding race on the F1 calendar. It’ll take place on May 24 to 26 at the Circuit de Monaco. This track produces the most laps on the grid, with 78. Brazilian driver Ayton Senna holds the most wins with six. Red bull won the race in 2023.

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Canada Grand Prix  

This race will happen between June 7 and 9 in Montreal. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has 70 laps of intense action. In 2023, pole sitter Verstappen also won the race.

Spain Grand Prix

The Catalunya circuit is hosting one of its last races as the Grand Prix will move to Madrid in 2026. This is the latest Formula One change to the Grand Prix calendar. The city has been chosen due to its accessibility and Liberty Group’s ambition of modernizing the sport. This year, it’ll be hosted from June 21 to 23.

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Austrian Grand Prix

The Red Bull Ring has hosted the race 42 times before. The venue produces 71 laps and has hosted races since 2014. Verstappen is the most successful on it with four wins. The race takes place on Jun 28 to 30th.

British Grand Prix

A race at Silverstone. Video Credit: VIK EXPO

The United Kingdom hosts the British Grand Prix, one of the most exciting races on the F1 calendar. Perhaps it’s not surprising that Hamilton is the most successful driver in Silverstone. That said, Ferrari is the most successful team. Races have been held here since 2011 and this season, they’ll take place between Jul 5 and Jul 7.

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Hungarian Grand Prix

The Hungarian Grand Prix is known for its challenging track, the Hungaroring. It’s narrow and bumpy and that makes overtaking a challenge therefore a driver’s starting position on the grid is crucial. Drivers head here on July 19 to 21.

Belgium Grand Prix

Spa remains on the F1 calendar and will host the 14th round between Saturday, July 26 and 28. Lando Norris got on the podium in 2023, finishing second behind Verstappen. It was the race winner’s home race and he delivered.

Netherlands Grand Prix

The Netherlands Grand Prix returned to the F1 calendar in 2021. It was held for the first time in 1952 and has 72 laps. The race will be held between Aug 23 and 25. 

Italian Grand Prix

This is one of Formula One’s traditional races. Drivers will go back to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix between August 31 and September 1. This 53-lap track is fairly straight and has produced some great races over the years. The Red Bull dominated the race in 2023, finishing first and second with Carlos Sainz Ferrari coming in third.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

On the weekend of September 13 to 15, Formula One heads to Azerbaijan. The first season in Baku was in 2017, but that only lasted for two years. After the COVID-19 enforced break, F1 returned to the circuit in 2021. Sergio Perez won the race. 

Singapore Grand Prix

A review of Singapore Grand Prix. Video Credit: Lynley & Leland

The other September race on the F1 calendar takes place in Singapore between 20 and 22. The Marina Bay Circuit produced surprises last year, with Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris on the podium in first and second. 

USA Grand Prix

The American Grand Prix is a must-watch race. It’s one of the longest races in F1, having started in 1908. Drivers go around the track 56 times. This particular race takes place at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Mexico Grand Prix

For its tradition, color and style, it’s one of the most enjoyable Grand Prix on the F1 calendar. This race has 71 laps and will take place between October 25 and 27. 

Brazil Grand Prix

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Brazilian Grand Prix. Source: Wikimedia licensed by CC-BY-SA-2.5

November begins with the Brazil Grand Prix. Verstappen produced a controlled race, leading from start to finish, to win at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace. French driver Alain Prost has the most wins with six.

Las Vegas Grand Prix

This will be the second year that Formula One will be held in Las Vegas. Verstappen won the first race on the circuit after 50 laps and then went on and criticized it. The controversial Dutch driver said it was all about the show and not a race. Even so, it aroused huge interest from viewers.

Qatar Grand Prix

This will be the fourth year that the Qatar Grand Prix will be held after debuting in 2021. It takes place at the Losail International Circuit which has 57 laps. In 2022, the race wasn’t held here because of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The Yas Marina Circuit hosts the last Grand Prix of the year. It takes place between December 6 and 8th. Title deciders have been held here but at times, the World Championship would already have been won before the race and thus drivers are racing for position. 

These are all the races in the F1 calendar for 2024. It’s bound to be a long season for the drivers but an exciting season and a great schedule for viewers. Which races are you looking forward to the most?

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