The 2022 British Grand Prix will be held on 3rd July. That makes it only the fourth date on which nine or more World Championship races have taken place. Which dates have hosted the most F1 races? We have the answers!
30th May – 15 races
15 rounds of the Formula 1 World Championship have taken place on 30th May, making it the day to have had the most races. However, not all of those were Formula 1 events. The Indianapolis 500 was a round of the World Championship between 1950 and 1960 – and it always fell on 30th May. From its inception in 1911 through to 1970, the Indianapolis 500 was almost always held on Memorial Day.
As for actual Formula 1 races which took place on May 30th, there have been five: two in Monaco (1965 and 1976), the 1999 Spanish Grand Prix, the 2004 European Grand Prix and – most recently – the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix.
16th July – 11 races
The date to have hosted the most bona fide Formula 1 races is 16th July. The date has played host to 11 rounds of the World Championship through the year, with all but two of them being the British Grand Prix. The only exceptions are the 2000 Austrian Grand Prix and the 2006 French Grand Prix. The most recent race held on this day was the 2017 British Grand Prix.
8th September – 9 races
A lot of dates in the first half of September have hosted more than the average number of Formula 1 races. That’s in part thanks to the Italian Grand Prix, which has been held in early September in every World Championship season.
All nine previous races on 8th September were held at Monza – the first being in 1957 and the most recent in 2019, when Charles Leclerc took a memorable win for Ferrari. It was the Scuderia’s first home win in almost a decade.
3rd July – 9 races in 2022
In 2022, 3rd July becomes the fourth day on which nine World Championship events have been held. The 2022 British Grand Prix will be the first time that a race in Silverstone has taken place on that date. Of the eight previous races, six were held in France, one was held at Zandvoort and the most recent race on the date was held at the Red Bull Ring in 2016.
Which dates have never hosted an F1 race?
Between March 1st and November 10th there are only two dates on which a Formula 1 race has never previously been held – 23rd July and 20th August. Of the 365 days of the year, there are 71 on which a Formula 1 race has never been held. The list includes 13 days in January, 5 in November, every day in February except the 4th, 7th and 11th and every day in December except the 1st, 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 28th and 29th.
The 1962 season holds the record for the latest date in the year in which a Formula 1 season ended. The 1962 South African Grand Prix was held on December 29th.
Which dates have hosted the most F1 races?
The table below shows a list of every date of the year which has played host to six or more Formula 1 races. Those marked with an asterisk indicate that a race is set to take place on that date in 2022.
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