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F1 2024 schedule: When is the next Formula 1 race?

The 2024 Formula 1 season has a record-breaking 24 races with the return of the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend.

Grandstand atmosphere at the Shanghai International Circuit

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The FIA has regionalised some of the F1 calendar in an attempt to make the series more sustainable. This included moving the Japanese Grand Prix from its mid-to-late-season spot to April for a more defined Asian leg, with the return of the Chinese Grand Prix following two weeks later. 

The Qatar Grand Prix was also moved to become the penultimate race on the calendar, to make it easier to transport cars and equipment to the Abu Dhabi finale. This should also help combat the extreme heat issues that were faced by the drivers in 2023 during the race at the Losail International Circuit, as it is expected to be cooler at the start of December. 

When is the next Formula 1 race?

Round five of the 2024 F1 season will be the Chinese Grand Prix. The event is being held for the first time in five years after being cancelled between 2020-2023 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2019 Chinese Grand Prix was the 1000th F1 race to be held since records began in 1950, and the event this year will also celebrate 20 years since China first held a grand prix in 2004.

The event is contracted to be held in both 2024 and 2025, with no update on the future of a race in China.

Rubens Barrichello won the inaugural race in 2004 for Ferrari – his second consecutive win. Fernando Alonso won the season finale in China the following year, after taking the world championship just two races earlier at the Brazilian Grand Prix. The Spaniard’s victory at the race secured the constructors’ title for Renault, beating McLaren, whose bid was over after Juan Pablo Montoya’s engine failed on Lap 5.

Michael Schumacher took the final win of his career at the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix before he retired - for the first time - at the end of the season. The German driver returned to racing in 2010, after working behind the scenes for three years, but was only able to secure one final podium - a third-place finish at the 2012 European Grand Prix in Valencia.

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Lewis Hamilton has the most wins at the Chinese Grand Prix, taking the top spot on the podium six times (2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2019). The fastest lap is held by Michael Schumacher, who set a time of 1m32.238s in his Ferrari in 2004.

When is the Chinese Grand Prix?

The Chinese Grand Prix will take place between 19-21 April, with Sunday’s race starting at 3pm local time – 3am ET.

What are the timings for the Chinese Grand Prix?

Here are the full US timings for the Chinese Grand Prix weekend:

Thursday 18 April



Practice 1

11:30pm-12:30pm ET

Friday 19 April



Sprint Qualifying

3:30am-4:14am ET


11.00pm-12:00pm ET

Saturday 20 April




3:00am-4:00am ET

Sunday 21 April




3:00am ET

Where is the Chinese Grand Prix being held?

The Chinese Grand Prix is being hosted at the Shanghai International Circuit, which has held the event for the country since 2004. The track was designed by Hermann Tilke, the German engineer behind other circuits such as the Bahrain International Circuit, Yas Marina Circuit and the Circuit of the Americas.

The circuit was built on previous swampland, which was originally used as rice paddy fields - used for farming rice plants. The track cost $450 million for extensive groundwork and took just over a year to complete. 

Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Ferrari F2004 leads at the start of the race.

Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Ferrari F2004 leads at the start of the race.

Photo by: Lyndon McNeil

An aerial view of the Shanghai International Circuit is designed to look like the Chinese symbol for ‘Shang’ which means upwards. The 5.451km track has a tightening first two corners, with Turns 7 and 8 loved by many drivers for their high speeds.

The circuit has two DRS zones and also features a 1.2km straight between Turns 13-14, which is one of the longest on the calendar, behind the record-holding Baku City Circuit which has a straight of 2.2km.

The Shanghai International Circuit is set to also host the F4 Chinese Championship, Formula E Shanghai ePrix, China Touring Car Championship and the GT World Challenge Asia in 2024.

Will the Chinese Grand Prix be a sprint weekend?

The Chinese Grand Prix is set to be the first sprint weekend of the 2024 season. The sprint race format has changed this year, with the sprint qualifying being moved to Friday after FP1 and the race qualifying moving to Saturday after the sprint race.

This means the sprint race will now take place on Saturday morning and has addressed complaints from the teams that their cars were locked into parc ferme conditions from Friday after just one practice session.

The changes to the format ensure that the parc ferme can be reopened between the sprint race and qualifying, allowing teams to make any fixes to the cars set-up.

There are six sprint weekends in the 2024 season: China, Miami, Austria, United States, Brazil and Qatar.

Remaining 2024 F1 schedule




19-21 April  

Chinese GP  


3-5 May  

Miami GP  


17-19 May  

Emilia Romagna GP  


24-26 May  

Monaco GP  


7-9 June  

Canadian GP  


21-23 June  

Spanish GP  


28-30 June  

Austrian GP  


5-7 July  

British GP  


19-21 July  

Hungarian GP  


26-28 July  

Belgian GP  


23-25 August  

Dutch GP  


30 August–1 September  

Italian GP  


13-15 September  

Azerbaijan GP  


20-22 September  

Singapore GP  


18-20 October  

United States GP  


25-27 October  

Mexican GP  

Mexico City  

1-3 November  

Brazilian GP  

São Paulo  

21-23 November  

Las Vegas GP  

Las Vegas  

29 November–1 December  

Qatar GP  


6-8 December  

Abu Dhabi GP  

Yas Marina  

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