Formula One's two main feeder series, the FIA Formula 2 and the FIA Formula 3 Championships have announced their calendars for 2024 with both series set to kick off their season in Manama as part of F1's opening race.
The eighth season of Formula 2 will open at the Bahrain International Circuit on February 29 –March 02, before heading to the Jeddah Corniche Circuit for Round 2 the following week on March 07-09. Melbourne, Australia will conclude the month of March with the third round of the season on March 22-24.
The campaign will pick up in Europe, with back-to-back race weekends, first in Imola, Emilia Romagna on May 17-19, followed by Monte Carlo, Monaco on May 23-26. The action will carry on with a triple-header that will start on June 21-23 in Barcelona, Spain. The paddock will then travel to Spielberg, Austria on June 28-30, before ending three weeks of racing in Silverstone, UK on July 05-07.
A double-header will come next, starting with Budapest, Hungary on July 19-21, followed by Round 10 in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, on July 26-28.
After a summer break, the field will return to Monza, Italy on August 30 – September 01, before flying to Baku, Azerbaijan on September 13-15. Round 13 will take place in Qatar on November 29 – December 01, a new circuit for F2, while the season will finally conclude at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi on December 06-08.
Commenting on the announcement, Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, said: “It is fantastic to announce such an exciting F2 calendar for 2024, following on from the 24 race calendar we announced for Formula 1 a few weeks ago. The breadth of venues and the addition of Qatar is another sign of the strength and interest in F2 globally and the talent we have in the Championship is very positive for the future.
"The Championship is delivering exciting racing at every event for all our fans and that is a tribute to the work of Bruno, his team and all the competitors across the grid.
"I would also like to thank the FIA for their collaboration on this fantastic championship, and our long- standing partners Pirelli, Dallara and Mecachrome for their continued support. We are all looking forward to the rest of the season and crowning the 2023 Champion.”
FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem commented: “The 2024 FIA Formula 2 Championship calendar, which has today been approved by the World Motor Sport Council, ensures another exciting season of racing on some of the most iconic and challenging circuits around the world.
"As the final stepping stone before the pinnacle of single-seater motor sport, Formula 2 is a hugely important championship that creates intense competition, and its success is the result of the strong collaboration between the FIA team, the promoter and all of the teams, which I look forward to seeing continue into 2024 and beyond.”
FIA Formula 2 CEO Bruno Michel added: “I’m very pleased to announce that there will be fourteen rounds and 28 races on the Formula 2 calendar in 2024. For next year, we will race in Qatar, which is a very exciting new venue. The final leg of the season will see Baku, Qatar and Abu Dhabi after the race weekend in Monza, making the 2024 calendar more balanced.
"We keep receiving interest from many promoters, and it’s great that we can add new tracks every season. Even though there will be more fly-away events in 2024, we continue to ensure the teams’ budget remains at a proper level.”F3's 2024 set to comprise 10 events
F3’s sixth season will again kick off at the Bahrain International Circuit on February 29 -March 02, before travelling to Melbourne, Australia on March 22-24. The action will resume in Europe with a double-header that will start in Imola, Emilia Romagna on May 17-19, followed by Round 4 in Monte Carlo, Monaco on May 23-26.
There will be a triple-header next that will begin in Barcelona, Spain on June 21-23, followed by Round 6 in Spielberg, Austria on June 28-30. Round 7 in Silverstone, UK will conclude three weeks of intense racing on July 05-07.
A second double-header will see the grid take on the Hungaroring in Budapest on 19–21 July, followed by the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium one week later, on July 26-28. The final and tenth round of the 2024 F3 season will take place in Monza, Italy on August 30 - September 01.