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Imola set to replace China on 2022 F1 calendar

Further changes to the 2022 F1 calendar are expected, RacingNews365.com understands.

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Imola is poised to replace China on the 2022 F1 calendar, with Singapore making a return and France securing a slot, RacingNews365.com understands.

As revealed by RacingNews365.com last month, the 2022 calendar is expected to feature 23 races, beginning with the Bahrain Grand Prix in March and concluding in Abu Dhabi in November.

While the provisional roster remains largely the same, some tweaks are due to be confirmed.

China had been scheduled to return as part of the early-season sequence of flyaway races, after two years out. However, there are believed to be concerns over the country's plans to increase COVID-19 measures around the time of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

As such, Imola will step in on 24 April, between visits to Australia and the United States (Miami).

Imola was originally marked as a possibility alongside France on 17 July. With Imola taking China's place, a Grand Prix at Paul Ricard is confirmed, but the race date will be shifted to 24 July. It means France will now be twinned with Hungary, rather than featuring in a triple-header with Britain and Austria.

It is understood that this is not an ideal scenario for Paul Ricard, given that the race weekend coincides with the start of the school holidays in France, but teams were believed to prefer two double-headers over a triple-header.

The final change sees Singapore confirmed on 2 October, instead of Turkey. A fresh deal is understood to be close to being signed with the Marina Bay venue.

The 2022 F1 calendar is set to be confirmed at the next meeting of the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) on 15 October.

Provisional 2022 F1 calendar

Round Grand Prix Date
1 Bahrain 20 March
2 Saudi Arabia 27 March
3 Australia 10 April
4 Imola 24 April
5 United States (Miami) 8 May
6 Spain 22 May
7 Monaco 29 May
8 Azerbaijan 12 June
9 Canada 19 June
10 Great Britain* 3 July
11 Austria* 10 July
12 France 24 July
13 Hungary 31 July
14 Belgium 28 August
15 Netherlands 4 September
16 Italy 11 September
17 Russia 25 September
18 Singapore 2 October
19 Japan 9 October
20 United States (Austin) 23 October
21 Mexico 30 October
22 Brazil 13 November
23 Abu Dhabi 20 November

*Race dates could be swapped

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