Formula 1 had created an original calendar of 23 races for the 2022 season, the largest number in its history, but it would end before December, as had happened in the last two seasons, first due to the pandemic in 2020, and then in 2021 due to changes in the dates of the events.
However, the dropping of the Russian Grand Prix from the calendar due to the invasion of Ukraine took the Sochi race off, leaving just 22 weekends of on-track action ending on 20 November with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina. , a test that pays a higher sum of money than the rest of the races to host the outcome of Formula 1.
The plan to end on November 20 was to avoid a clash with the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which was originally set to start on November 21. That situation has changed, since the organization of one of the most well-known international tournaments announced that the inauguration will be brought forward one day.
“The FIFA Council Bureau confirms that the opening ceremony of the 2022 Qatar World Cup and the Qatar vs. Ecuador match are moved up one day as a separate event to November 20, at 7:00 p.m. [local] time. “, expressed the federation in a publication on social networks.
That means that the last race of the 2022 Formula 1 season will take place at the same time as the opening of the World Cup, something that the top flight wanted to avoid, although it may not be a major problem.
Unlike the previous season where Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen fought an intense battle that did not come to an end until the last lap of the race at Yas Marina, where the Dutchman from Red Bull became champion, in 2022, the current defender of the crown has an advantage of 80 points over Charles Leclerc, so the definition of the title could come before reaching the last grand prix.
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