Circuit choices are a classic gripe for Formula 1 fans, and everyone has their dream calendar that they’d love to see. The quality of circuits has improved in recent years as Sochi and Paul Ricard have left the calendar whilst Zandvoort, Imola and Jeddah have proved strong replacements.
However, the sport’s approaching a pivotal few years as 12 circuits face the end of their contract in the next three seasons, including F1’s most historic venues and hugely popular flyaway races.
So when does every F1 circuit’s contract expire?
Circuit Paul Ricard, Algarve International Circuit
Paul Ricard hosted the last race of its current contract in 2022 and it looks like the French Grand Prix will be taking another hiatus.
There’s some hope that it may return on a rotational basis with Spa but Belgian officials – and most F1 – will see this as a last resort.
The Algarve International Circuit was dealt a blow when F1 officials confirmed they wouldn’t replace the cancelled 2023 Chinese Grand Prix, but Portimao remains on standby if F1 needs it.
Spa-Francorchamps, Belgian GP: 2023
A fan favourite, and one of four circuits remaining from the first-ever F1 World Championship in 1950, Spa is one of the more endangered tracks out there.
A deal was thrashed out on the eve of the 2022 Belgian GP to keep it on the calendar for another year, but it’s living on the edge right now.
Despite a string of unexceptional recent races, it would be a great shame to lose Spa but it’s already on the clock yet again to make sure the 2023 Belgian GP isn’t the last.
A slot-sharing deal with Paul Ricard could be a short-term save if they can’t keep their permanent slot but definitely wouldn’t be an ideal option longer-term.
Red Bull Ring, Austrian Grand Prix: 2023 at least
The only 2023 circuit with a question mark over it, Austria agreed a ‘multi-year’ deal at the end of 2020 but it’s unknown when that runs to, or what clauses are in it.
The Red Bull Ring‘s held more grand prix than any other country since 2020 – five – and it’d be surprising if it does lose its spot considering it consistently delivers action-packed races.
Baku City Circuit, Azerbaijan GP: 2024
Another track that’s provided reliable entertainment, Baku‘s contract was due to expire in 2023 but after the cancellation of its 2020 race it was given a one-year extension.
It’s another race that feels like it’s becoming a permanent edition to the calendar, but that’s not guaranteed when there are always other oil-rich countries lining up to host F1.
Suzuka, Japanese GP: 2024
One of the races of the season in 2022, 2023 could the penultimate running of the Japanese GP.
F1 missed Suzuka twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic but Japan has such a rich motorsport history that it was never in doubt that it would return.
With the Chinese GP in doubt, the death of the planned race in Vietnam and Malaysia‘s continued absence from the calendar, the number of East Asian races is starting to dwindle. F1 should look to secure Suzuka‘s long-term future, especially given the potential return of Honda to the sport.
Silverstone, British GP: 2024
Another highlight of the 2023 season, it’s been well over a decade since Silverstone rode out the threat of Donnington Park for the British GP and it’s gone from strength to strength ever since.
It really feels like the home event for F1, fans pack out the stands year after year and Lando Norris and George Russell ensure they’ll have home drivers to cheer for if the circuit can bag a long-term extension. Here’s hoping.
Monte Carlo, Monaco Grand Prix: 2025
Until recently, Monaco was in Spa‘s position – an original 1950 circuit that looked like its 2023 race could be the last.
But as F1 announced its 2023 calendar, news broke that Monaco will remain until at least 2025.
It no longer feels an absolute guarantee that it’ll stay though, especially with fans split on whether the occasion and history outweighs the usually dull racing.
Monza, Italian GP: 2025
The last truly heritage race on this list, the passion of the Tifosi surely make the circuit undroppable.
Imola, Emilia Romagna GP: 2025
One of the more surprising stories of the last few years, at the end of 2019 you’d have got long odds on Imola making a permanent return to the F1 calendar but it’s set for at least three more editions.
While it’d be nice if it Imola does stay on the calendar beyond that, F1 looks likely to shed more European races and it may be near the top of the list.
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexican GP: 2025
A circuit that’s even more on the edge, especially now F1 has four other races in North America.
The vibrant Mexican fans are a huge asset for the circuit but they can’t sustain a grand prix slot on their own, and the 2022 event really was a bore.
Sergio Perez‘s F1 career will likely be either finished or winding down by 2025 too, which removes a key link the circuit would play off.
Zandvoort, Dutch GP: 2025
From one Red Bull home race to another, Zandvoort should be safe as long as Max Verstappen remains anywhere near the top of F1.
It took a while to get it back on the calendar after the planned 2020 return was postponed but with an atmosphere more akin to the Johan Cruyff Arena than an F1 race, Zandvoort has at least four more races contracted.
Las Vegas: Las Vegas: 2025
Regardless of racing quality, the Las Vegas round will be one of the best-looking grand prix of the 2023 season.
A Saturday night race running up The Strip, there’s an initial three-race deal in place that will surely be extended once the organisers have proof of product.
Interlagos, Sao Paulo GP: 2025
One of the more storied circuits at this end of the list, it really looked like the writing was on the wall for Interlagos when former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced in 2019 that the race would move to Rio de Janeiro.
Things didn’t improve when the 2020 edition was cancelled, but after plans to construct the Rio circuit were finally scrapped at the start of 2021, Interlagos signed up until 2025 as the Sao Paulo GP.
One of two tracks that’s not had a bad race in five years, Interlagos is a must-have for F1
Circuit of the Americas, United States GP: 2026
There’s been occasional talk that CotA could be in trouble given the two other American races now on the calendar.
But it’s anchored F1 in its biggest target market in a way that no other circuit has managed to since Watkins Glen – for many fans the pilgrimage to Austin has become an annual tradition.
It’s still got at least four more races yet, and hopefully there’s another long-term contract extension on the way.
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spanish GP: 2026
The Spanish GP looked dead and buried a few years back but that was then and this is now.
A real beneficiary of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s lost testing for 2023 but most importantly has locked itself in for racing until the end of the mid-20s, and will upgrade its facilities as part of that deal.
Hungaroring, Hungarian GP: 2027
The longest contract of any European circuit, Hungary was F1’s first foray behind the Iron Curtain and it delivers year after year.
A circuit that shouldn’t necessarily work for F1 but continues to excite, the difficulty of overtaking and emphasis on sound strategy should carry on producing exciting races for at least five more years.
Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore GP: 2028
F1’s first-ever night race, Singapore overcame a two-year hiatus and remains a tricky challenge for any driver.
Given the temperatures and humidity, the tight walls will be waiting to catch out any lapses in concentration for six more grand prix at a minimum.
Jeddah/Qiddiya, Saudi Arabian GP: 2030
Not even a nearby missile strike could stop this event going ahead in 2022. The Jeddah Street Circuit was only meant to host two or three events, but will likely keep going until at least 2025.
A new circuit at Qiddiya will be the long-term home for this event, set to be F1’s longest circuit set in a new, purpose-built entertainment district.
Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi GP: 2030
The 2021 improvements to the circuit have improved it, but there’s only so much lipstick you can put on a pig.
But Yas Marina’s here to stay and looks like it’s set to hold the next eight season finales whether fans like it or not.
Miami International Autodrome, Miami GP: 2031
Another circuit that shows long-term contracts aren’t always good contracts, Miami at least gives F1 a good geographic spread across the US.
Given the tracks further up this list that could be squeezed out, it’s hard to justify this event alongside the two other American grand prix but it’s locked in for the long term.
Losail International Circuit, Qatar GP: 2032
2023 will see the second Qatar GP, after a dull 2021 edition set up the Abu Dhabi showdown between Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Teams and drivers liked it though.
It had signed a ten-year agreement before that race, but that was put on hold for the 2022 World Cup so will officially begin in 2023.
Albert Park, Australian GP: 2035
Australian officials signed off on a bumper deal just as fans were becoming more skeptical of Albert Park‘s place on the calendar.
F1 needs a foothold in Australia but there’s not been a classic grand prix in Melbourne for a while and without its reputation as the first day of school each year, some of the allure has been lost.
As part of the deal it’ll host the season opener at least five times, and it’s set to host FIA F2 and F3 from 2023.
Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain GP: 2036
Bahrain has F1’s longest-running contract, after it inked a huge 15-race deal before the start of the 2022 season.
However, that may be under threat after the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy accused it of breaching Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development guidelines and launched a legal challenge.
The organisation said: “Formula 1 failed to engage with human rights stakeholders including human rights organisations, legislators from across Europe, victims impacted by the Formula 1 race and those who have faced reprisals for their human rights work.”
F1 track contracts list
|Grand Prix||Last contracted race|
|Austrian Grand Prix||Unknown – earliest 2023|
|Belgian Grand Prix||2023|
|Azerbaijan Grand Prix||2024|
|British Grand Prix||2024|
|Japanese Grand Prix||2024|
|Brazilian Grand Prix||2025|
|Dutch Grand Prix||2025|
|Emilia Romagna Grand Prix||2025|
|Italian Grand Prix||2025|
|Las Vegas Grand Prix||2025|
|Mexican Grand Prix||2025|
|Monaco Grand Prix||2025|
|Spanish Grand Prix||2026|
|United States Grand Prix||2026|
|Hungarian Grand Prix||2027|
|Singapore Grand Prix||2028|
|Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||2030|
|Saudi Arabian Grand Prix||2030|
|Miami Grand Prix||2031|
|Canadian Grand Prix||2021|
|Qatar Grand Prix||2032|
|Australian Grand Prix||2035|
|Bahrain Grand Prix||2036|