F1 2022, Spanish Grand Prix, Russian Grand Prix, calendar, FIFA World Cup, Nikita Mazepin, rally, Haas

F1 2022, Spanish Grand Prix, Russian Grand Prix, calendar, FIFA World Cup, Nikita Mazepin, rally, Haas

The Spanish Grand Prix is ​​upon us, the sixth round of a 23-race calendar.

In fact, do only 22 rounds.

Formula 1 has been keen on extending the calendar and this year it needed to beat a record 23 Grands Prix in 36 tight weeks to avoid colliding at the start of the World Cup.

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But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and F1’s swift action to withdraw from the country put him in a dilemma to maintain his target of 23, which he ultimately resolved in the negative – in this which management might describe as a loss, but many in the sport will likely consider a small win for workloads.


Formula 1 has confirmed overnight that it will not replace the canceled Russian Grand Prix on the 2022 calendar, cutting the schedule to a record 22 rounds from 23 previously.

The Russian Grand Prix in Sochi was canceled a day after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, and F1 subsequently broke its lucrative contract with the race promoter, guaranteeing that “Russia does not will be no racing in the future,” according to the statement. The deal still had four years to run.

Formula 1 is determined to maintain what would have been a record 23 Grands Prix, but the canceled race was the first in an ambitious triple-header traveling from Russia to Singapore to Japan, and the need for a replacement the same weekend, September 23-25, proved limiting.

Qatar was an early favourite. The Middle Eastern nation has a 10-year contract starting next year but is off the schedule this year as they prepare to host the FIFA World Cup. September was theoretically early enough to avoid the buildup to the first kickoff on November 21, but the weather is on average 10 degrees warmer in September compared to November, when it hosted its first race last year , which made it a no-entry.

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Singapore then emerged as a possibility to host a double-handed round, with the first race possibly taking place in the afternoon before its traditional night race the following weekend, but plans fell through more recently, financial considerations being considered as the sticking point, especially since the temporary urban circuit should be set up a week earlier.

And a race in Europe was not possible for logistical reasons. F1 teams basically have two different cargo configurations – one that can travel by truck for European races and another configured for air cargo for overseas events. A race in Europe would have required teams to pack up on Sunday evening, truck their gear back to their factories, unpack their gear from the truck and repack it into air cargo containers, transfer to the airport and arrive in Singapore in approximately one day.

Instead, the decision was made to leave the weekend blank, creating a two-weekend break between the end of the European season and the start of what could be the six-race stage at the decisive foreigner for the title in Asia, the Americas and Abu Dhabi.

The decision will be a welcome relief for traveling staff, who faced a grueling schedule of 13 races in 10 weeks across seven different time zones and for whom burnout will become a major problem by November.

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Keeping with the Russian theme, former Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin will return to driving later this year in the Silk Way Rally, an all-terrain rally-raid type event.

According to the raceMazepin will participate in the multidisciplinary event in the car category in a side-by-side all-terrain vehicle of the T4 category.

Mazepin apparently trained with Russian Dakar class winner Sergey Karyakin, although it can be said without charity that Mazepin had plenty of off-road experience during his year in Formula 1.

Mazepin saw his F1 contract terminated before the start of 2022 when his former team Haas terminated its contract with title sponsor Uralkali in light of the war in Ukraine.

Uralkali, part-owned by Mazepin’s father, Dmitry, funded Nikita’s racing career, and the Mazepin family was later hit by European sanctions targeting Russian oligarchs.

Mazepin has spoken out against his ax as being a form of “cancel culture”.


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Russian athletes are allowed to compete in FIA-sanctioned events provided they do so under a neutral flag and sign a “pledge and adherence to the FIA’s principles of peace and political neutrality”.

Mazepin declined to say if he would make such a commitment to continue racing in Europe.

But the Silk Way Rally, which usually takes place in Central and East Asia but this year takes place exclusively in Russia, will not subject competitors to such a commitment given that it is not a sanctioned event by the FIA.

The Silk Way Rally was once part of the FIA ​​World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, but this year it was dropped from the program when the series became a joint venture between the automotive and racing governing bodies. motorcycle to form the World Rally-Raid Championship, which opened with the famous Dakar rally in January.

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