SportF1Will the 2023 F1 season start in February?

Will the 2023 F1 season start in February?

The 2022 Formula 1 season will end earlier than in recent years at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix due to the FIFA World Cup , which starts a single day after the single-seaters cross the finish line at the Yas Marina. Thus, fans of the Great Circus will have to endure from November 20 until the start of the following campaign without the cars on the track in what will be a break with more weeks than usual.

In 2021, the season ended on December 12 , just 10 weeks before the first winter tests and 14 before the first grand prix in Bahrain. Therefore, the teams faced quite a challenge to get the new generation cars ready, something that it seems that they will not have to support by 2023 .

For the next course, the calendar will be totally different, and if Liberty Media does not change anything, the paddock workers will have longer vacations in winter than they enjoyed. According to some teams, if the scheduled dates are not modified, the break will be 17 weeks , 14 for pre-season tests, which would mean a very long period, and is the reason why some have asked to advance the start of the campaign .

On paper, it is an option to avoid the hated ‘ triple headers ‘ (three consecutive grand prix without rest), which tests the logistical capacity of Formula 1 with express trips to mobilize the entire caravan between countries far away in just a few hours.

For the owners of the highest category of motorsport, it is not easy to square the calendar, and according to some rumors, the start of the 2023 season will be brought forward. There are those who want the first race to be held on March 5 , but others consider the dispute feasible of the inaugural event on February 26 .

Apart from the agreements with the promoters, the only drawback would be the winter tests, since the usual track they go to, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, would not have the climate that it usually has to test the cars with good temperatures in the middle of that month.

Taking this into account about pre-season testing and the desire of the grid members to have a little less vacation to enjoy a breather in the middle of the year without so many consecutive races, it is not ruled out that Formula 1 travels outside Europe. to take the tests prior to the start of the course.

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