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F1 2022

F1 boss warns of possible changes to 2022 calendar

The 2022 Formula 1 season looks set to be the biggest yet, with a record-breaking 23 races planned. However, the sport's CEO, Stefano Domenicali, admits that there could still be adjustments to the calendar.

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Stefano Domenicali, CEO of Formula 1, has warned that the upcoming 2022 calendar could still face possible changes.

This season looks set to be the busiest ever, with a record-breaking 23 races planned from March to November. Amongst these is the new addition of the Miami Grand Prix, which is due to take place in May.

Domenicali admits that he hopes F1 will continue to visit different locations in the future.

"The USA is important for us and we are working hard to make Miami 2022 a success," Domenicali told German media outlet Sport 1.

"The other region we cannot underestimate is the Far East, especially with Guanyu Zhou, who now drives for Alfa Romeo. Interest from China is growing, so the region will also become our focus.

"A comeback in Africa - whether in the north or the south - would be great."

However, Domenicali stresses that any plans to expand the calendar further will depend on the situation with the coronavirus pandemic. This also applies to the 2022 season, with the Italian stating that the virus could still cause changes to be made.

"How quickly that works out will also depend on the situation around Covid," Domenicali added.

"We must continue not to underestimate the Corona pandemic. We might have to adjust the calendar again in 2022."

Domenicali "very satisfied" with 2021 F1 season

Formula 1 previously ran a delayed and shortened season in 2020 due to the pandemic. The sport managed to hold 22 races in 2021, though there were still adjustments made owing to the cancellation of certain Grands Prix.

The past year also marked Domenicali's first in his new role as CEO of F1, and he is pleased with how this went, both in terms of adapting to the challenges posed by coronavirus as well as the racing provided on track.

"I am very satisfied," Domenicali said. "Formula 1 faced some challenges because of the Corona pandemic. Now it's easy to look back on an incredible championship.

"But to complete 22 races under these conditions, that was a mammoth task for everyone involved. But we were rewarded: the interest was enormous thanks to the exciting battle between Lewis [Hamilton] and Max [Verstappen].

"We are experiencing a boom in the USA right now. That is very important for us. That's why I had a good start and I hope this is the foundation for a 2022 season that will be even better."

The 2022 Formula 1 season is due to begin with the Bahrain Grand Prix on 18-20 March.

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