Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February prompted F1 to swiftly announce the cancellation of the Sochi race, scheduled for 25 September, as well as terminating the grand prix’s contract. 

That left a gap on the planned 23-race race schedule, which would have been the longest season in F1’s history. 

A return to Qatar or even a potential double-header in Singapore were mooted as possible alternatives to fill the vacant slot, but F1 has now confirmed it won't replace the Russian Grand Prix this season. 

It means the 2022 F1 world championship will be contested over 22 rounds, the same number as in 2021. 

It is understood that F1 had good interest from possible replacement hosts but based the decision on whether an extra race would be beneficial for the teams and everyone working within the sport. 

After weighing up the wider costs of freight and travel, logistical challenges and the extra burden placed on personnel, F1 felt dropping a race altogether was the most sensible and efficient decision. 

Potential stand-in options in Europe were not viable due to the European Union’s freight rules for non fly away events, which would have resulted in teams having to return to base, unpack and then repack to go back out. 

The decision eases the strain placed on F1 staff, with an extra weeks’ gap now following a triple header of events in Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy after the summer break in August.

Revised 2022 F1 world championship calendar 

 

 Revised 2022 Formula 1 Calendar
Round RaceDate
1Bahrain GP (Sakhir)March 20
2Saudi Arabian GP (Jeddah)March 27
3Austrialian GP (Melbourne)April 10
4Emilia Romagna GP (Imola) April 24
5Miami GP (Miami) May 8
6Spanish GP (BarcelonaMay 22
7Monaco GP (Monaco) May 29
8Azerbaijan GP (Baku)June 12
9Canadian GP (Montreal)June 19
10British GP (Silverstone)July 3
11Austrian GP (Spielberg)July 10
12French GP (Paul RicardJuly 24
13Hungarian GP (Budapest)July 31
14Belgian GP (Spa)August 28
15Dutch GP (Zandvoort)September 4
16Italian GP (Monza)September 11
17Singapore GP (Marina Bay)October 2
18Japanese GP (Suzuka)October 9
19United States GP (Austin)October 23
20Mexico City GP (Mexico City)October 30
21Sao Paulo GP (Interlagos)November 13
22Abu Dhabi GP (Yas Marina)November 20