Despite the complaints that several teams have made due to a calendar too full of commitments, Formula 1 is going straight ahead and confirms the idea of running 23 Grands Prix in 2022. There are only a few days left for the formalization: in fact, it has long been known that Friday 15 October the 2022 calendar will be released, which was presented today to the F1 Commission and will be voted on in these hours. Finally, as President Jean Todt had promised, there was talk of the Belgian Grand Prix and how the rules have to be changed. However, nothing has emerged in this regard of possible reimbursements to the public of Spa, the victim of an avoidable theater on August 29th. Here is the press release from the FIA.
“The F1 Commission met today, 13 October, in London, for the third time in 2021. The FIA and Formula 1 confirm that positive discussions have taken place, reviewing some of the main points of the 2021 season so far, and have looked forward to what will be a record 23-race championship in 2022. At the Commission it was presented the draft calendar for the FIA Formula 1 World Championship 2022. This calendar will be presented to the World Motor Sport Council for approval on Friday 15 October. In the context of a global pandemic, the Commission commended the remarkable achievements of Formula 1 and the FIA in staging what will be a calendar of 22 races in 2021, and a record 23 Grands Prix in 2022. Following the Belgian Grand Prix of 2021, affected by bad weather, the Commission discussed i potential updates of the Sporting Regulations and requested that the Sporting Advising Committee consider this topic at its next meeting for propose options for updated procedures and regulations. The Commission was presented with a report on the first two Sprint Qualifying held at Silverstone and Monza at the start of the season. The report gathered feedback from a large number of stakeholders who were positive about the concept of these races. A further evaluation will take place after the third and final event of 2021, in Brazil. Elements relating to potential future events will then be discussed […] in the weeks following the Brazilian Grand Prix“.