The Formula 1 calendar is set to welcome new circuits. The direction taken by Liberty Media and Formula 1 is clear: capitalize on this moment of great popularity for the sport and expand into new markets. Whether they are additional races in the United States – like the New York Grand Prix – or the rumored Madrid Grand Prix, in the next decade, the sport will certainly reach locations that may seem unthinkable today.
In 2024, Formula 1 will see a historic 24 Grand Prix races, marking a milestone for the sport. It will start in the Middle East, with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, then move to Australia and head towards Asia. The first U.S. race, the Miami Grand Prix, will follow, projecting the Circus back to Europe. After Monza and Baku, Europe will be left behind as the tour continues to Singapore, then back to the Americas and the Middle East.
A global Formula 1, still missing an African leg, could soon become a reality. The sport might soon touch every continent, posing an increasingly uncomfortable question: should the calendar be extended indefinitely or should some currently present races be sacrificed?
“24 races are the maximum to avoid risking people’s health,” explained Zak Brown, McLaren team principal. “But we must continue to expand the sport. I would like a scenario with 20 fixed Grand Prix races and 8 rotating races each year. There would still be 24 races, but we would be able to expand into other regions and countries.” – he pointed out.
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By doing so, the Circus could visit a different circuit every year without cutting races that have become traditional. However, Zak Brown specifies that the economic cost for event organizers and promoters, who would no longer be able to sign contracts valid for multiple consecutive seasons, needs to be evaluated.
Whether this proposal is economically advantageous or not is up to Liberty Media to decide. Meanwhile, Stefano Domenicali made it clear that no one is safe: “Tradition is worth nothing if it is not brought up to date for the future.” – the former Ferrari team principal admitted. The upcoming seasons could reshape the Formula 1 calendar.