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Portimão not included in Formula 1 provisional calendar for 2022

The Algarve International Racetrack (AIA) has been left off the Formula 1 provisional calendar for the 2022 season.

The calendar was revealed on Friday (October 15) and features a record 23 races across the globe.

There were hopes that the Portimão racetrack would make the list after hosting two F1 GPs in 2020 and 2021, serving as a replacement for other destinations where GPs were cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

As national motorsports website motor24.pt pointed out, “the Portuguese event had a very difficult task to stay on the calendar, although a few public statements had motivated some hope that the sport could return to Portugal for a third year in a row.”

This will not be the case, however, at a time when the number of destinations seeking to host a F1 race appears to be on the rise, giving organisers more and more venues to choose from.

“We are very pleased with the interest in Formula 1 from places that want to host races and the growth of the sport and believe we have a fantastic calendar for 2022 with destinations like Miami joining famous and historic venues,” said President and CEO of Formula 1 Stefano Domenicali.

Here’s the provisional calendar for 2022:
• March 20: Bahrain (Sakhir)
• March 27: Saudia Arabia (Jeddah)
• April 10: Australia (Melbourne)
• April 24: Emililia Romagna – Italy (Imola)
• May 8: USA (Miami)
• May 22: Spain (Barcelona)
• May 29: Monaco
• June 12: Azerbaijan (Baku)
• June 19: Canada (Montreal)
• July 3: UK (Silverstone)
• July 10: Austria (Spielberg)
• July 24: France (Le Castellet)
• July 31: Hungary (Budapest)
• August 28: Belgium (Spa)
• September 4: Netherlands (Zandvoort)
• September 11: Italy (Monza)
• September 25: Russia (Sochi)
• October 2: Singapore
• October 9: Japan (Suzuka)
• October 23: USA (Austin)
• October 30: Mexico (Mexico City)
• November 13: Brazil (São Paulo)
• November 20: Abu Dhabi

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com