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F1 | F1 set for 2023 calendar reshuffle with races grouped by region

F1 is set to group races by region in order to reduce freight and personnel travel while improving their sustainability credentials.

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F1 | F1 set for 2023 calendar reshuffle with races grouped by region
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Formula 1 is planning to improve its sustainability credentials by grouping more races by region and reduce freight and personnel travel.

F1 boss Stefano Domenicali revealed the plan during his scheduled Saturday “coffee morning” meeting with team principals at the Spanish Grand Prix.

In 2019, Liberty Media announced a strategy to make the sport carbon neutral by 2030 with rationalising the calendar is seen as a key part of that ongoing commitment.

A more efficient schedule would help bring down the huge increase in freight costs that has struck F1 as an organisation and the 10 teams on the grid.

F1 has decided to go ahead with the move to consolidate the calendar by region after some discussion in the past. But any changes would have to be approved by the race promoters.

A selection of races have been traditionally grouped together such as the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix in August and September.

However there are some outliers on the 2022 calendar such as the Miami Grand Prix earlier this season being surrounded by European events in Italy and Spain.

The upcoming race in Azerbaijan shares a double header slot with the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal which are extremely far apart geographically.

Another long distance doubler header will conclude the campaign in Brazil and Abu Dhabi in F1’s 22 race season.

Domenicali didn’t go into substantial detail about potential changes however it’s understood that Baku could be grouped with Shanghai and Suzuka.

An issue F1 faces is that China’s COVID situation remains unclear, but they could create some breathing space by moving the Chinese Grand Prix back towards the end of the season.

Miami and Montreal could also form a pair on the calendar however one of them would have a to move it’s 2022 date by around a month.

The quartet of Middle Eastern races could also be paired, with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in the opening stages of the year. Along with Qatar and Abu Dhabi at the end of the season.

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