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

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

IndyCar video game 2024

An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”