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F1 2023: Full race schedule and how to watch on TV

Red Bull's Sergio Perez during testing – F1 2023: Full race schedule and how to watch on TV - Hamad Mohammed/Reuters
Red Bull's Sergio Perez during testing – F1 2023: Full race schedule and how to watch on TV - Hamad Mohammed/Reuters

The new Formula One season is almost here with the opening race in Bahrain a week away.

Pre-season testing concluded on Saturday at the same Bahrain International Circuit track, with double world champion Max Verstappen and Red Bull still looking the ones to beat. Mexican Sergio Perez set the fastest lap of the week.

Ferrari also looked in good shape as well as Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton 0.359 seconds slower than Perez.

McLaren, meanwhile, admitted they will start the new campaign on the back foot after missing their development targets.


When is the first race of 2023?

The first grand prix of the 2023 season is also at the Bahrain International Circuit, running from Friday 3 until Sunday 5 March.

How many F1 races will there be in 2023?

There will be 23 races on the calendar this year, starting in Bahrain on March 5 and culminating with the season finale in Abu Dhabi on Nov 26.

What new races are there in 2023?

The brand new Las Vegas Grand Prix will be the penultimate race of the season, a week before Abu Dhabi.

Where and when will the six sprint races be this year?

Formula One has announced the six sprint venues for 2023 with Azerbaijan, Belgium, the Austin race in the United States and Qatar all joining Austria and Brazil in staging qualifying on Friday and a shortened ‘sprint' race on Saturday.

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Three sprint races were held in 2022 – at Imola, Austria and Brazil – with much discussion in the early part of the season about expanding that offering for next year.

The teams and F1 were keen to double the number, arguing that sprint races have been successful in engaging fans and increasing audience sizes. But the FIA, motorsport’s world governing body, initially resisted, claiming that it would cost them more and asking for compensation.

Like last year, too, points will be given to the top eight drivers in the sprint race. Again, the sprint races will be approximately 100km – or roughly a third of a grand prix distance – and will run on Saturday, with the traditional three-part qualifying setting the grid for the sprint and taking place on the Friday.

The driver who tops qualifying on Friday, when these sprint races take place, will be awarded the official pole position, not the winner of the sprint, as was the case in 2021.

And what about the 2023 cars?

Alpine A523

A handout photo made available by Alpine shows the new A523 Formula One race car - Alpine
A handout photo made available by Alpine shows the new A523 Formula One race car - Alpine

Mercedes W14

The new Mercedes W14 - Mercedes/PA
The new Mercedes W14 - Mercedes/PA

Ferrari SF23

A handout photo made available by the Scuderia Ferrari press office shows the new Ferrari SF-23 Formula One race car during its presentation in Maranello, Italy, 14 February 2023 - Ferrari/Shutterstock
A handout photo made available by the Scuderia Ferrari press office shows the new Ferrari SF-23 Formula One race car during its presentation in Maranello, Italy, 14 February 2023 - Ferrari/Shutterstock

Red Bull RB19

Red Bull Racing unveils the team's new Formula One car during a launch event in New York City on February 3, 2023 - ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images
Red Bull Racing unveils the team's new Formula One car during a launch event in New York City on February 3, 2023 - ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images

Haas VF23

An image of the Haas VF23 car, which is mainly red, white and black - Moneygram Haas F1 team
An image of the Haas VF23 car, which is mainly red, white and black - Moneygram Haas F1 team

Williams FW45

The new Williams F1 car, the FW45 - PA/Williams Racing
The new Williams F1 car, the FW45 - PA/Williams Racing

Alfa Romeo C43

Handout photo provided by Alfa Romeo F1 of the C43 at a launch event held jointly in Zurich and at the team headquarters in Hinwil, Switzerland. Issue date: Tuesday February 7, 2023 - PA/Alfa Romeo
Handout photo provided by Alfa Romeo F1 of the C43 at a launch event held jointly in Zurich and at the team headquarters in Hinwil, Switzerland. Issue date: Tuesday February 7, 2023 - PA/Alfa Romeo

AlphaTauri AT04

McLaren MCL60

The new MCL60 unveiled - McLaren
The new MCL60 unveiled - McLaren

Aston Martin AMR23

A handout picture released on February 13, 2023 by Aston Martin shows the team's Aston Martin AMR23 Formula One racing car for the 2023 season - Aston Martin/Getty Images
A handout picture released on February 13, 2023 by Aston Martin shows the team's Aston Martin AMR23 Formula One racing car for the 2023 season - Aston Martin/Getty Images

What are the driver line-ups?

Red Bull

Max Verstappen (1) and Sergio Pérez (11)