Everything you need to know about the new F1 season: The longest in history, the first two races on Saturday, the return of China and of course the Max...

The 12.30th season of Formula 75 starts with free practice tomorrow (Thursday, 1:XNUMX p.m.).

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The desert in Bahrain is ready: A new season is starting from the Shahir track for the fourth year in a row, Photo: Reuters
The desert in Bahrain is ready: A new season is starting from the Shahir track for the fourth year in a row, Photo: Reuters
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The well-known desert in Bahrain, the Sahir circuit and March - the wait is over, another Formula 1 season can begin.

The new page of the fastest caravan brings several novelties, and one of them is that the first two races of the season will be held on Saturday, and not on Sunday as usual.

The reason is the second race, which will be held in Saudi Arabia next weekend, and since the Ramadan holiday begins on Sunday, March 10, it was decided to move the race a day earlier.

And, in order for the drivers and teams to have exactly seven days between the two races, the organizers decided that the first race of the season will also be run on Saturday.

A 24-episode season, the return of China

What is the most important news is that during 2024 the longest season in the history of Formula 1 will be run with 24 races - from Bahrain to Abu Dhabi on December 8.

The last season was also supposed to have 24 episodes, but due to the canceled races in China and Imola, it ended up with 22.

It is news that the Chinese Grand Prix is ​​returning to the F1 calendar - for the first time since 2019 and the coronavirus pandemic.

China and Miami will host the sprint format for the first time, and the remaining four sprint races will be held on tracks that were also hosted last year - Austria, Great Britain, Qatar and Brazil.

When it comes to scoring for those races, they remain the same - 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.

For the first time, the same line-up, two teams changed names

In addition to being the longest season in history, the new story of Formula 1 will also be remembered as the first in which the teams will perform with the same line-ups as during the previous season.

Of course, between the two championships, the super-sounding transfer of Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari was made official, but the seven-time champion will only drive for "Scuderia" from next season.

If there were no changes in the lineups, there were changes in the names of the teams - and that for two teams.

Alfa Romeo is now "Steik F1 team kick Sauber" after Sauber's sponsorship deal with the Italian manufacturer expired, and will also have an interesting green livery, while AlfaTauri has become "Visa cash ep RB F1 team".

Max and Red Bull, of course

Formula 1 fans around the world believe that the new season could be more exciting than the previous two, especially the last one when Max Verstappen dominated and conquered the F19 world for the third time with 1 victories.

However, it seems that nothing will come of it this time either and that the "flying" Dutchman and Red Bull are again big favorites to be the best for the fourth year in a row - the new RB20 looked fantastic during testing, especially in Verstappen's hands.

The first challenger should be the legendary Ferrari with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, and behind them McLaren (Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri), Mercedes (Hamilton and George Russell) and Aston Martin (Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll) will chase the chance.

The masters of speed are ready, and everything officially starts tomorrow (Thursday) with free training from 12.30 pm.

Qualifications are scheduled for Friday from 17:16, and the first race on Saturday from XNUMX:XNUMX.

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