The FIA has released the 2023 F2 schedule. It will host fourteen rounds, including the inaugural Australian Grand Prix.
With one round remaining for the 2022 Formula 2 season, attention has already turned to next season after Felipe Drugovich won the Championship with three races remaining. The 2023 season will be fourteen rounds long with the debut of the Australian Grand Prix taking place at the end of March.
What’s new in the 2023 F2 Schedule?
Many of the drivers that participated in the 2022 Formula 3 season will be making their Formula 2 debut next season. They include 2022 champion Victor Martins, Jak Crawford, and rookies Ollie Bearman and Isack Hadjar. The 2023 F2 season could also see the debut of a somewhat familiar name, Arthur Leclerc, the younger brother of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. He is set to move up to Formula 2 if Roy Nissany doesn’t retain his seat at DAMS next season. Red Bull Academy’s Dennis Hauger will move from PREMA to MP Motorsport following a difficult debut season.
In late September, it was announced by the FIA that all Formula 2 and Formula 3 cars would be racing with 55% sustainable fuel starting next season. This is part of a long-term initiative to help the environment. There will be a very long break before the finale because Monza moves forward a week. Drivers and fans will have to wait almost three months between Monza and Abu Dhabi.
The 2023 F2 Schedule
- March 3-5: Sahkir, Bahrian (Round 1)
- March 17-19: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (Round 2)
- March 21 – April 2: Melbourne, Australia (Round 3)
- April 28-30: Baku, Azerbaijan (Round 4)
- May 19-21: Imola, Italy (Round 5)
- May 25-28: Monte Carlo, Monaco (Round 6)
- June 2-4: Barcelona, Spain (Round 7)
- June 30 – July 2: Spielberg, Austria (Round 8)
- July 7-9: Silverstone, Great Britain (Round 9)
- July 21-23: Budapest, Hungary (Round 10)
- July 28-30: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (Round 11)
- August 25-27: Zandvoort, Netherlands (Round 12)
- September 1-3: Monza, Italy (Round 13)
- November 24-26: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (Round 14)
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Speaking about the 2023 schedule, Bruno Michel, the FIA Formula 2 CEO, said:
“The 2023 F2 calendar will have 14 rounds, the same amount as the current one. In 2022, we’ve enjoyed more action than ever, with a total of 28 races, and we wanted to keep this for next season. The good thing is that there are a lot of tracks who would love to add F2 to their race weekend programme, but we always keep in mind the costs related to more racing. So, we have decided to limit the number of rounds to 14 again for 2023, and we will keep helping the teams to ensure their budgets remain at a proper level.”
“As announced previously, we have added Melbourne to the calendar, a fantastic venue both for our teams and drivers, but also for everyone watching and enjoying F2. It will be very interesting to see our cars battling on those streets.”
What’s the same?
Identical to Formula 3 and Formula 1, the opening round will take place in Bahrain. The calendar is similar to the 2022 season, with the finale taking place in Abu Dhabi. Many of the 2022 drivers are expected to return for 2023, including Frederik Vesti, Ralph Boschung, Clement Novalak, Marcus Armstrong, and Liam Lawson to name a few. The 2022 runner-up Theo Pourchaire could return for a third season alongside ART Grand Prix.
Formula 2, like Formula 3, will run alongside F1 throughout the year in a support series role. Each round will consist of two races, a Sprint Race and Feature Race. The 2023 Formula 2 season begins on March 3rd in Sakhir, Bahrain.