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The 2024 F1 season starts on March 2 with a unique Saturday night race in Bahrain.

Formula 1 embarks on a record-breaking 24-race season next year, an increase from 22 races in 2023.

The season is also longer in terms of duration, running from February-December as opposed to March-November.

Pre-season testing takes place at the Bahrain International Circuit from February 21-23 before the opening race at the same circuit.

Bahrain, which has hosted the season-opener since 2021, usually hosts its grand prix on a Sunday as is customary in the sport, but due to Ramadan next year’s race will be on a Saturday night.

Sunday is considered a “feast day” during the Islamic festival, which sees the world’s almost two-billion Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset during the other six days of the week.

The second race in Saudi Arabia will also be on a Saturday, meaning there will be three out of the record-breaking 24 races held a day earlier than usual, with Las Vegas set for a Saturday night lights out.

The 2024 F1 season starts in Bahrain (Getty Images)
The 2024 F1 season starts in Bahrain (Getty Images)

The Chinese Grand Prix – not held since 2019 due to Covid-19 restrictions – is set to return in Shanghai on April 21, while there are no brand new additions to the calendar, with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps extending its contract for another season after potential plans for a race in South Africa fell through.

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone will be held in its traditional slot on Sunday 7 July and the season will finish, as usual, with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina on December 8.

2024 F1 CALENDAR IN FULL:

ROUND 1 —BAHRAIN

Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir – 29 February – 2 March

ROUND 2 – SAUDI ARABIA

Jeddah Corniche Circuit – 7-9 March

ROUND 3 – AUSTRALIA

Albert Park, Melbourne – 22-24 March

ROUND 4 – JAPAN

Suzuka International Racing Course – 5-7 April

ROUND 5 – CHINA (sprint race)

Shanghai International Circuit – 19-21 April

ROUND 6 – MIAMI (sprint race)

Miami International Autodrome, Hard Rock Stadium – 3-5 May

ROUND 7 – EMILIA ROMAGNA

Imola Circuit – 17-19 May

ROUND 8 – MONACO

Circuit de Monaco – 24-26 May

ROUND 9 – CANADA

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal – 7-9 June

ROUND 10 – SPAIN

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – 21-23 June

ROUND 11 – AUSTRIA (sprint race)

Red Bull Ring, Spielberg – 28-30 June

ROUND 12 – GREAT BRITAIN

Silverstone Circuit – 5-7 July

ROUND 13 – HUNGARY

Hungaroring, Budapest – 19-21 July

ROUND 14 – BELGIUM

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps – 26-28 July

ROUND 15 – NETHERLANDS

Circuit Zandvoort – 23-25 August

ROUND 16 – ITALY

Monza Circuit – 30 August – 1 September

ROUND 17 – AZERBAIJAN

Baku City Circuit – 13-15 September

ROUND 18 – SINGAPORE

Marina Bay Street Circuit – 20-22 September

ROUND 19 – UNITED STATES (sprint race)

Circuit of the Americas, Austin – 18-20 October

ROUND 20 – MEXICO

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City – 25-27 October

ROUND 21 – BRAZIL (sprint race)

Interlagos Circuit, Sao Paulo – 1-3 November

ROUND 22 – LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas Street Circuit – 21-23 November

ROUND 23 – QATAR (sprint race)

Lusail International Circuit, Lusail – 29 November – 1 December

ROUND 24 – ABU DHABI

Yas Marina Circuit – 6-8 December

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