FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 have unveiled their 2023 race calendars which sees minor tweaks.
The F2 season will commence in Sakhir, Bahrain on weekend of 3-5 March followed by a third trip to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia across weekend of 17-19 March.
F2 will then visit Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia for the very first time across weekend of 31 March – 2 April, as announced in June.
The series will then embark on a four-month European leg between late April and early September, beginning with a trip to Baku, Azerbaijan on weekend of 28-30 April.
Imola, Monaco and Barcelona will form a triple header across weekends of; 19-21 May, 25-28 May and 2-4 June, before visits to Spielberg and Silverstone on weekends of 30 June – 2 July and 7-9 July respectively.
Budapest and Spa Francorchamps will form a double header across 21-23 and 28-30 July ahead of the summer break, with the season resuming in Zandvoort on weekend of 25-27 August.
Monza then will again host the penultimate round of the season on weekend of 1-3 September, ahead of a controversial near three-month break with the season finale in Abu Dhabi scheduled for 24-26 November.
F2 CEO, Bruno Michel explained the decisions behind the calendar as he iterated that he plus teams wanted to keep the season capped at 14 rounds for budget purposes, whilst acknowledging that several tracks have shown a “love” for wanting to add F2 to their race weekend schedules.
F1 President and CEO, Stefano Domenicali added that he is “pleased” to retain F2 on F1’s support package given the series’ “important role in nurturing the talent of the future” and is excited to see several youngsters continue their rise up the motorsport ladder next season in F2.
|1||Sakhir, Bahrain||3-5 March|
|2||Saudi Arabia||17-19 March|
|3||Australia||31 March – 2 April|
|4||Baku, Azerbaijan||28-30 April|
|5||Imola, Italy||19-21 May|
|7||Barcelona, Spain||2-4 June|
|8||Spielberg, Austria||30 June – 2 July|
|9||Silverstone, Great Britain||7-9 July|
|10||Budapest, Hungary||21-23 July|
|11||Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium||28-30 July|
|12||Zandvoort, Netherlands||25-27 August|
|13||Monza, Italy||1-3 September|
|14||Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi||24-26 November|
F3 Unveil 2023 Race Calendar
F3 has also unveiled their race calendar which is largely the same as 2022 but will have two additions to take the season up to 10 rounds, compared to nine rounds in this year’s campaign.
Bahrain will host the season-opener across weekend of 3-5 March before F3 like F2 head Down Under to Melbourne, Australia on weekend of 31 March – 2 April for the very first time.
The season then resumes in late-May with Imola, Monaco and Barcelona rounds across weekends of 19-21, 25-28 May and 2-4 June, with Imola and Barcelona returning for a second season whilst Monaco is making its debut in the modern F3 era in place of Zandvoort which has been dropped.
Trips to Spielberg, Silverstone Budapest and Spa Francorchamps follow before the summer break, which commences upon completion of the latter round on 30 July.
F3 then returns on weekend of 1-3 September for the season finale at Monza, Italy where the title could be decided just like it was in 2022, albeit hopefully in less controversial fashion.
Explaining the decision behind F3’s 2023 calendar which features Australia and Monaco for the first time, Michel described both races as “very prestigious” and will mark the first time that F3 have raced on street circuits since its rebrand from GP3 in 2019.
On what fans can expect from both additions to the calendar, Michel said: “They will offer the teams and the drivers an exciting new challenge, and I’m sure that the fans will love seeing the F3 cars race on both layouts.”
|1||Sakhir. Bahrain||3-5 March|
|2||Melbourne, Australia||31 March – 2 April|
|3||Imola, Italy||19-21 May|
|5||Barcelona, Spain||2-4 June|
|6||Spielberg, Austria||30 June – 2 July|
|7||Silverstone, Great Britain||7-9 July|
|8||Budapest, Hungary||21-23 July|
|9||Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium||28-30 July|
|10||Monza, Italy||1-3 September|