Formula One heads to a brand-new street circuit this weekend at Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, but how many street tracks are in F1? Which ones could return in 2022 after dropping off because of Covid?
The quintessential street track in F1 is Monaco.
Even if you only have a passing interest in F1 or none at all, chances are you’ve heard of the Monaco Grand Prix.
After all, the tiny principality is to be and be seen on the grand prix weekend, if you are any sort of celebrity.
Monaco was the first street race in the world championship – indeed it held just the second ever world championship race, in 1950.
Over the years, others have come and gone, including places like Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix, but how many street races are there in F1 now?
Which ones were on the 2021 calendar and how many could there be in 2022?
Current F1 street races
Owing to the pandemic, street races were missing from the calendar for the first time since the 1950s in 2020.
Some returned in 2021, while others were benched again until 2022.
For the current season, there will be just three street races – Saudi Arabia being the third.
The previous two have been both won by Red Bull drivers.
- Monaco – Max Verstappen
- Azerbaijan – Sergio Perez
- Saudi Arabia
The 27-turn Saudi circuit, right by the sea, will be the fastest street track in F1 – taking that honour from Baku.
It is a 3.8-mile circuit with speeds in excess of 160mph.
From Turn 17 to the final hairpin at Turn 27, it will be a flat-out blast, with only a high-speed chicane to trouble drivers.
Grands prix that could return in 2022
Including partial street circuits, the 2019 calendar – the last ‘normal’ one, featured races in Australia, Canada, and Singapore.
They are all planned to return in 2022, although Australia will not take its traditional season-opener slot, instead being run in April.
It means that there will be six street tracks on the 2022 calendar that F1 has raced at before, including Monaco, Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia.
The new addition
But in 2022, there will be seven street tracks in total on the F1 calendar with the addition of a brand-new event.
The Miami Grand Prix – a long-held ambition for F1’s owners – will finally take place, on May 8th.
Instead of the downtown Miami course envisaged, it will be around the Miami Dolphins NFL stadium.
It is part of F1’s increasing footprint in the United States, with a third race US race in Las Vegas potentially not too far away either.
2022 street tracks in F1
- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah – March 27th
- Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne – April 10th
- Miami Grand Prix – Miami – May 8th
- Monaco Grand Prix – Monte Carlo – May 22nd
- Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku – June 12th
- Canadian Grand Prix – Montreal – June 19th
- Singapore Grand Prix – Marina Bay – October 2nd