Miami debuts as Canada, Japan and Australia return to the Formula One 2022 schedule

Formula One 2022 schedule
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The Canadian GP returns while the Chinese GP remains on hiatus due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as the Formula One 2022 schedule will make up a record-setting, 23-race calendar.

The 2022 schedule will begin one week earlier and end just after Thanksgiving, three weeks earlier than in 2021.

The Bahrain GP will once more kick off the schedule with a March 20th date. Formula 1 will stay in the Middle East with the second running of the Saudi Arabia GP, which hosts its inaugural race on December 5, 2021.

From there, Australia returns to the schedule after a two-year hiatus before the series heads to Italy for one week in Europe.

Round 5 of the 2022 Formula 1 calendar is scheduled to be the inaugural race in Miami, Fla. in early May as one of two races held in the United States.

Formula 1 will continue to spread across the globe by returning to Europe for the Spanish and Monte Carlo GPs in May before heading to Azerbaijan in mid-June.

The Canadian GP returns to the schedule one week later, on June 19. For the past two seasons, this race was replaced with the Turkish GP, which is not on the 2022 schedule.

The series then heads back to Europe for a seven-race stint in England, Austria, France, Hungary, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy.

In late September, Formula 1 will race in Russia before a two-race stint in Asia with the return of the Singapore and Japanese GPs. The Chinese GP will not be part of this swing, but will return as soon as conditions allow, according to the series.

Three races in North and South America make up the final four rounds with the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, Mexico City and Sao Paulo, Brazil racing in October and November.

The series will end one week before Christmas in Abu Dhabi, as it has since 2014.

“The 2022 season follows an unprecedented two years for Formula 1 in which the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in revised calendar of 17 races in 2020 and 22 races in 2021 – a huge achievement given the international nature of the sport,” F1 said in a statement.

Even during the challenging conditions of the past two years, Formula 1 has managed to add new tracks and return to venues that were not able to host events in 2020.

“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,” said Stefano Domenicali , President and CEO of Formula 1. “This season has been incredible so far with great battles on the track, large audiences tuning in and fans returning to the races after the impact of the pandemic.

“We look forward to welcoming more fans back next season and hope 2022 feels more normal than the life we have all experienced in the past two years. We are very pleased with the interest in Formula 1 from places that want to host races and the growth of the sport and believe we have a fantastic calendar for 2022 with destinations like Miami joining famous and historic venues.

“The pandemic is still with us, and we will therefore continue to be vigilant and safe – to protect all our personnel and the communities we visit.”

2022 Calendar

March 20, Bahrain
March 27, Saudi Arabia

April 10, Australia
April 24, Imola

May 8, Miami, Fla
May 22, Spain
May 29, Monaco

June 12, Azerbaijan
June 19, Canada

July 3 United Kingdom
July 10, Austria
July 24, France
July 31, Hungary

August 28, Spa-Francorchamps

September 4, the Netherlands
September 11, Monza
September 25, Russia

October 2, Singapore
October 9, Japan
October 23, Austin, Texas
October 30, Mexico City

November 13, Brazil
November 20, Abu Dhabi

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023

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Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.