The F1 calendar is a list of all the races in a season. Each race has a date and a time. (F1 stands for formula one, the class of racing cars that uses some combination of engines designed by Ferrari, Renault, BMW, Honda, and others.) In the calendar you can see which races are free-to-view and which are pay-per-view. The races marked as “free” can be watched online or live on television; pay-per-view races must be paid to watch live.
The reason to look at the F1 calendar is that it’s useful to know when the next Grand Prix will be. So far I haven’t found any other way to look at the F1 calendar.
F1 is a very hard sport to follow. On the one hand, it is fast and furious, and some races are only a few laps long. On the other hand, it is difficult to tell what is really going on. Drivers rarely speak for themselves and never reveal any information about their strategy or about each other; in F1 the race is always on. And so it is easy to find yourself thinking you know something you actually don’t know, that you are misunderstanding something that had been explained clearly by someone else, or having completely made up your mind after reading some misleading statistic.
This makes it hard to keep up with things. To help with this F1 Calendar of races seems like a good idea. As well as listing all the races in the calendar year, it will also list the qualifying sessions and practice sessions that are part of the schedule for those events.
As well as giving a useful list of information about where to watch the races, it will also help to keep track of what has already been said about each race in F1 news articles so that you can be sure not to miss anything important even if there are gaps in what you read.
In F1 racing, the calendar is a list of the upcoming races. In principle, it’s a list of every race ever held, but in practice it’s a list of races that are scheduled to be held. Every race on the calendar has been run, or at least almost all of them. But not all of them. There are always some races that have been run before and are now “doubled up” with other races: twice around the track, or once around the track and again partway around to make a lap.
Even a short circuit isn’t new for long; if it’s used often enough, there will be people who remember when they last saw it. And what about Monte Carlo? Not really an F1 race, even though everything else is; it has its own separate calendar.
For those who want to know what they missed out on, here’s the full list of races: http://www.f1calendar.com/
F1 is the international racing series for Formula One, or better, Formula 1. It is not just a set of cars and drivers; it is a set of rules that govern what you can do with them. Some races are open to anything that will get through the pits, some are open only to certain types of engines, some are open only to certain kinds of cars. The rules have evolved over time. In the old days there were no rules at all; but when they did start, the F1 calendar was quite small and pretty uneventful.
Nowadays there are 25 races. My recipe for success in F1 is to win as many of those races as possible. The most important thing I can do is to know early on which races are going to be worth my while. Sometimes this will be because there’s something special about them: like the Korean Grand Prix, which is always a great show because nobody has any idea where Korea is on the map. Other times it will just be because it’s an easy weekend: in Monaco you don’t need anything but your car and your nerve to win that race. But every now and then you’ll have a race that comes along where luck plays almost no part–where you feel lucky if you finish at
It’s a bit of a running joke that F1 teams have their own calendars, and that these calendars are not reliable. It’s true that there is some variation between the calendars prepared by different teams, but in general the races are about as accurate as you would expect for a sport where you don’t know which team is going to win until it’s too late.
The same sort of thing happens in baseball, with one exception. When Williams reissued their F1 calendar for 1996, they made a mistake: the Japanese Grand Prix was scheduled for October 17th instead of October 15th. This mistake was corrected before the calendar went to press, but it made its way into the final print run.
It may be hard to believe, but F1 teams don’t have access to the same information we do. They don’t have access to the same data we do; they have to guess at it all. If they put on a race early in the year when it should be later, and then put on another race later in the year when it should be earlier, people will notice both times, but no one will notice that they made a mistake; and if you’re in Formula One without being noticed, you’re not very good at your job.
Formula 1 races are not planned in advance. To be on the calendar, a race has to be good for F1. There are many different ways of telling whether a race is good for F1. The most important one is through television ratings. The other information that goes into setting the calendar includes what is happening in other series (Formula E, World Endurance Championship, WTCC), where there are races in the F1 calendar already, and what is happening in the rest of the world at the time (NASCAR and MotoGP).
In recent years, Formula One has been trying to find new ways to appeal to more people. In China they have added a couple of new races, and they have also added a baseball league. This seems like a logical extension of the sports car concept; after all, if you see a Ferrari racing around corners at 300 km/h (186 mph) you will want to see what’s going on behind it. But it isn’t: as with horses and greyhounds and dog racing, these new races don’t increase demand for what’s actually being raced; they just increase demand for watching racing.
Formula 1 is a sport that, in the past, has been strongly influenced by media hype and political games. The drivers have been the stars of this media circus, but have been given little say in its direction; when the sport’s bosses have tried to make changes, through rule changes or through using their influence over the broadcasters, they have found themselves isolated.
At first glance it might seem surprising that an industry so dependent on television coverage should be so slow to embrace digital media. But thinking about it differently is quite illuminating.
Formula 1 has always had a much smaller audience than other sports. It’s possible that Formula 1’s greater attention to small-scale details has helped it to get by with a relatively low production budget. This may explain why F1’s technology has lagged behind sports such as basketball and even soccer more generally: the demands on technology are more limited in those sports. By contrast Formula 1 is a sport where technology plays a key role: having lots of people follow each other around in cars looking for good lines can only ever be made efficient through very sophisticated technology.