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F1 planning to group races by region in 2023 calendar reshuffle: Reports

The top officials are keen on grouping regions in the 2023 calendar to tackle the dramatic rise in freight costs.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Updated - 22 May 2022 7:55 pm

Formula 1 is steadily working towards its plan to make the sport carbon neutral by 2030 and a calendar reshuffle is going to be its first step towards the big goal. The top officials are keen on grouping regions in the 2023 calendar to tackle the dramatic rise in freight costs. F1 boss Stefano Domenicali has revealed the blueprint for how things will be implemented to make the schedule efficient.

According to a report in motorport.com, F1 is actively pressing toward consolidating the calendar by region for next season for smooth conduct of the races. “F1 has talked in the past about consolidating the calendar by region, but it has now decided to actively press ahead with the move, although it will have to agree on any changes with the race promoters,” read a part of the report.

Notably, a few races in the 2022 calendar were total flyways and affected the overall season. For example, Miami was a standalone race involving a North American trip for just one race weekend, while the upcoming races in Baku and Montreal are back-to-backs but obviously far apart geographically.

Miami to be paired with Montreal?

Although Stefano Domenicali did not go into the extensive details of the plans, there were some hints about possible pairs. For example, this year’s flyway Miami GP can be paired with Montreal GP, meaning that one or the other will have to move from its 2022 date by around a month. Meanwhile, Baku could be grouped in a run of races with Shanghai and Suzuka.

However, uncertainty around the COVID situation in China can affect F1’s plans. But if the races including China are moved towards the end of the season, it will create more breathing space. Apart from North American and Asian pairing, the Middle Eastern races could also be paired, with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia together at the start of the year, and Qatar and Abu Dhabi towards the end.

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