On Friday, Formula 1 unveiled its 2022 Grand Prix race calendar, which features a record-breaking 23 races in 36 weekends. Italy will host two of the races at Imola and Monza.
The 2022 championship season will begin in Bahrain on March 20th. The championship will end in Abu Dhabi on 20th November. This has been the final race on the calendar each year since 2014.
Announcing the 2022 calendar, President and CEO of Formula 1 Stefano Domenicali said: “We are excited to announce the 2022 calendar as we prepare to enter a new era for the sport with brand new regulations and cars for next year that are designed to create closer racing.”
No China so Italy features twice
The Chinese Grand Prix is not on the calendar for 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, there is a second race in Italy. Imola will host a race on 24th April. The Italian Grand Prix will take place in Monza on 11th September.
The Imola event is the Made in Italy and Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. The first race will return to Imola next year and every year until 2025, the Emilia-Romagna region announced earlier this month.
Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said the foreign ministry had worked hard to boost the Italy brand.
“Now it’s official. The Made in Italy and Emilia Romagna GP are on the official Formula 1 calendar next season,” Di Maio is quoted by Corriere dello Sport. “An agreement has been signed until 2025. Italy is the only country to have two F1 grands prix: Monza and Imola. A prestigious GP for all of Italy, a flywheel for tourism and for all our Made in Italy.”