Why F1 2024 is starting with two consecutive Saturday races

The F1 2024 season begins this weekend with an unusual schedule
Red Bull Racing fuel bowser. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir, Bahrain, Practice Day-
Red Bull Racing fuel bowser. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain…

For the first time ever, an F1 season will begin with two consecutive grands prix on Saturdays. 

This weekend's F1 Bahrain Grand Prix is on Saturday, not Sunday.

F1 races are normally held over three days with practice taking place on Friday, before final practice and qualifying on Saturday, and the grand prix on Sunday. 

However, this year’s record 24-race calendar will kick off with back-to-back races Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, both of which have been shifted forward 24 hours due to the Muslim holy period of Ramadan. 

As a result, F1 will experience an unprecedented and highly unusual start to a campaign that will feature a total of three grands prix on a Saturday night. 

The Las Vegas Grand Prix will again be held on a Saturday night - just like 2023’s event - on November 23. 

With Ramadan starting on March 10 in 2024, the double header in the Middle East has been tweaked, with Saudi’s race held on Saturday night - March 9. 

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Aston Martin F1 Team AMR23 leads at the start of the race. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 2, Saudi
Fernando Alonso (ESP) Aston Martin F1 Team AMR23 leads at the start of the…

The season-opener in Bahrain has also had to be moved because of the lead time teams require to get their freight and personnel over, and set up for the weekend. 

Practice will therefore take place on Thursday for both events, with FP3 and qualifying on Friday, and the race itself on Saturday. 

The Wednesdays prior to both race weekends will be the dedicated media day, which usually occurs on Thursdays. 

Traditionally, weekends in the Middle East take place on Friday and Saturday, with Friday considered a day of worship in Islam and many Arab countries. 

F1 2024 calendar: Full schedule and every date of every race 
RoundGrand PrixVenueDate
Round 1BahrainSakhirFeb 29-March 2
Round 2Saudi ArabiaJeddahMarch 7-9
Round 3AustraliaMelbourneMarch 22-24
Round 4JapanSuzukaApril 5-7
Round 5ChinaShanghaiApril 19-21
Round 6MiamiMiamiMay 3-5
Round 7Emilia-RomagnaImolaMay 17-19
Round 8MonacoMonacoMay 24-26
Round 9CanadaMontrealJune 7-9
Round 10SpainBarcelonaJune 21-23
Round 11AustriaSpielbergJune 28-30
Round 12United KingdomSilverstoneJuly 5-7
Round 13HungaryBudapestJuly 19-21
Round 14BelgiumSpaJuly 26-28
Round 15NetherlandsZandvoortAugust 23-25
Round 16ItalyMonzaAug 30-Sept 1
Round 17AzerbaijanBakuSept 13-15
Round 18SingaporeSingaporeSept 22-24
Round 19USAAustinOct 18-20
Round 20MexicoMexico CityOct 25-27
Round 21BrazilSao PauloNov 1-3
Round 22Las VegasLas VegasNov 21-23
Round 23QatarLusailNov 29-Dec 1
Round 24Abu DhabiYas MarinaDec 6-8

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