What you can expect to see in Formula One in 2024

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With each new Formula One season, there are many changes to get used to, some big and some small. As the new campaign is just around the corner, there are significant changes in the upcoming calendar to take note of. The ability of Formula One to continually reinvent itself and adapt to the new digital environment is something that other sports haven’t been able to do. It’s a key reason 2024 will have a bumper calendar and a fresh look. 

Increasing gambling markets

As the internet connects more Formula One fans across a collection of prominent social media sites, gambling companies have been able to advertise their tailored services directly to Formula One fans. Much like being able to watch Formula One highlights on the move, bettors can place bets on the big upcoming races or even outright markets. This trend has continued to grow over the last several years, and analysts believe that this year’s bumper F1 calendar will lay the foundations for another big year in sports betting circles. 

The longest season yet?

The 2024 Formula One season will see two dozen races occur between February and December. While it is rare for a new season not to have an additional circuit, there has been a switch-up in the calendar itself, with the season taking place over a more extended period. There are set to be many new circuits in the next few years, and despite reservations from ex-drivers regarding upcoming changes in the next few seasons, 2024 will mirror a lot of what we saw last season.

Although no new races are scheduled, it’ll be the first time we see the return of the Chinese Grand Prix since the pandemic. While this will hardly cause exhaustion for the drivers, it shows that the demand for Formula One is still high.

What to expect out on the track

Barring any significant injury or off-the-track mishap, it’s extremely challenging to imagine a world where Verstappen doesn’t make it four consecutive Formula One titles. Even if you browse the sportsbooks, who rarely get it wrong, Verstappen is light years ahead of any potential challenger. He is at the pinnacle of his career and has at least another five years of prime performance in him.

The Belgian has been able to showcase his ability, consistency and elite mentality to smash through any competition. Having wrapped up 2023 in record-breaking fashion, dominating the field and breaking some records cemented in Formula One history for 70 years, we’re in the midst of the Max Verstappen era. Hence, the idea that any driver could upset this current trend is doubtful.

Driver changes for the 2024 season

It will be unusual to watch all the same drivers as last year set up for this year’s campaign. Bizarrely, this hasn’t happened before in Formula One history, and the 20 drivers who competed last season will all lock horns again this year. There are, however, some significant changes on the horizon. 

Although Lewis Hamilton has signed a deal with Mercedes – meaning that he will be racing until at least 2025 – many fans and experts believe this will be the legendary champion’s penultimate campaign. Undeniably, he has been on the slide from his incredible 2010 golden days, and even with Verstappen firing on all cylinders, he will still need to be on his A-game to fend off a challenge from the experienced Englishman. If one driver could derail the Verstappen juggernaut and his unstoppable quest for greatness, it could be Lewis.

Final thoughts

Although the calendar might be more extensive than in days gone by, the 2024 Formula One season will be one of the most unchanged in recent memory. The list features the same drivers and no new courses other than Shanghai, but we’ve already seen that before – it’s not a brand-new circuit. 

Basically, all of the components that have turned the last three seasons into such nail-biting and captivating successes are still present, which means the foundation is there for another gripping campaign. 

If experts and analysts are correct, then 2024 could see Verstappen close the gap on Schumacher and Hamilton. If he is able to win his fourth Formula One title in as many years, it would put him, at the age of 27, just three behind Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher. Not only are we living through the Verstappen golden age but we could also be witnessing the peak of the greatest driver of all time.

John Smith
John Smithhttps://total-motorsport.com
Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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