FIA confirms 2023 F1 race start times
By Mat Coch
Thursday 15th December, 2022 - 10:40pm
The FIA has released F1 start time details for every race, qualifying, and practice session throughout the 2023 season.
That will see the Australian Grand Prix begin a 15:00 on April 2, ensuring the chequered falls well before sunset at 18:12 local time.
The season will kick off with a twilight start to the Bahrain Grand Prix, which gets underway nine minutes after the sun goes down locally.
Saudia Arabia is again a night race, as is Singapore, while the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will again be held as the sun falls over the Yas Marina circuit.
That event comes a week after the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix, which is slated to get underway at 22:00 local time on November 18.
Qualifying will take place on Friday evening at 22:00, with the weekend proper set to start on Thursday with Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2, the first starting at 18:30 local time.
For now, the schedule includes just 23 races, though a replacement is expected to be announced for the cancelled Chinese Grand Prix.
Portimao in Portugal is the apparent front-runner though other venues are known to have expressed an interest in hosting the make-up event.
The 2023 season gets underway with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 5, following three days of testing at the same venue from February 23-25.
Teams will then head to Saudi Arabia and then on to Australia for Round 3, an event which today secured a two-year extension on its current F1 hosting contract.