One thing is for sure – Formula 1 will feature plenty of drama, tension and controversy across the course of the 2023 season.
The ten teams and twenty drivers will fly around the world – from Silverstone to Melbourne – visiting some of the finest racing circuits on the planet.
But exactly how long does a Grand Prix race last in terms of the number of laps, total distance and race time?
Let’s crunch the numbers.
What is the length of an F1 race?
As per the F1 rulebook, races must take place over a length of at least 305km (190 miles).
Therefore, the number of laps for each race is calculated by how many laps will be required to pass the magic number.
For example, the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium has a total lap distance of 7km, which means that 43.5 laps will be required to reach the required 305km.
And as it is impossible to have half a lap, the Belgian Grand Prix takes place each year with 44 laps.
The only exception is Monaco, which has a total length of 260km (162 miles) around the streets of the principality.
How many laps are in each F1 race?
With the length of each circuit on the calendar varying in length, so too does the number of laps in each Grand Prix.
Number of laps in each F1 grand prix
- Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – 44 laps
- Jeddah Corniche, Saudi Arabia – 50 laps
- Las Vegas, USA – 50 laps
- Baku City Circuit, Azerbaijan – 51 laps
- Silverstone, Great Britain – 52 laps
- Monza, Italy – 53 laps
- Suzuka, Japan – 53 laps
- Circuit of the Americas, USA – 56 laps
- Sakhir, Bahrain – 57 laps
- MiamiAutodrome, USA – 57 laps
- Lusail, Qatar – 57 laps
- AlbertPark, Australia – 58 laps
- YasMarina, Abu Dhabi – 58 laps
- MarinaBayStreetCircuit, Singapore – 61 laps
- Imola, Emilia Romagna – 63 laps
- CircuitdeBarcelona-Catalunya, Spain – 66 laps
- CircuitGillesVilleneuve, Canada – 70 laps
- Hungaroring, Hungary – 70 laps
- RedBullRing, Austria – 71 laps
- AutodromoHermanosRodriguez, Mexico – 71 laps
- Interlagos, Sao Paulo GP – 71 laps
- Zandvoort, Netherlands – 72 laps
- CircuitdeMonaco, Monaco – 78 laps
How long do F1 races last?
As a general rule of thumb, races last around 90 minutes.
Races must be completed within a two hour window, but it can be extended to three hours with the discretion of the race stewards.
This naturally varies somewhat, given that the average speed per lap differs across the 23 venues on this season’s calendar.
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