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Everything You Need To Know About F1 in 2024

The 2024 Formula One World Championship draws ever closer.

The work continues at Brackley and Brixworth, but it won't be long before we're heading off to the Middle East for pre-season testing.

To make sure you are ready, here are six things that every F1 fan needs to know before the start of the season.

1. The longest EVER season

24 races. Five different continents. All in just over nine months. This year's calendar is a record-breaker: the longest season in F1 history.

We kick-off in Bahrain at the start of March and finish in Abu Dhabi, a short hop across the Persian Gulf in December. In between that, we will tackle seven stand-alone races, four double-headers and three triple-headers spread across the breadth of the globe.

The previous record of 22 races in a season (2021 - 2023) will therefore be surpassed by two Grands Prix.

Plenty to look forward to, then!

2. A new-look calendar

Where are we racing?

This year's calendar looks different, and not just in terms of numbers. A concerted effort has been made to increase regionalisation. The motivation is to improve sustainability through reduced freight movements as the sport aims for net zero by 2030.

That has led to some notable shifts.

The Japanese Grand Prix moves to early April; we will head back to Suzuka having raced there as recently as September. As part of this Oceanic-Asian sweep, China and the Shanghai International Circuit returns for the first time since 2019.

This change means a shift for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix; we'll visit the shores of the Caspian Sea in mid-September now, forming a double-header with the Singapore Grand Prix.

The traditional European season remains, with stops in Miami and Canada interspersed.

The season concludes with a four-race trip through the Americas, culminating in the second-ever Las Vegas Grand Prix, before heading to Qatar and the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

We will also tackle six Sprint rounds once again this year. Four of these venues hosted Sprint races last year, namely the Austrian, United States, São Paulo and Qatar Grands Prix. With the Miami and China GPs the two newcomers on the list.

Three races will be held on a Saturday night this year too: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Las Vegas. So don't get caught out!

3. Rule changes

As we enter the third year of this rule set, there are limited changes to the technical regulations for 2024.

There are some minor tweaks, however.

After the challenging conditions at last year's Qatar Grand Prix, teams are now permitted to install a 'driver cooling scoop' to deal with extreme cockpit temperatures.

Teams are now able to run a total of 200 kilometres during their two official filming days, a doubling of mileage from previous years and to cover off any attempts to circumvent testing restrictions, teams are now no longer permitted to run brand-new items on older cars.

4. Milestones

2024 sees plenty of anniversaries, with the F1 World Championship marking its 75th running.

It's 70 years since Mercedes made its full return to Grand Prix racing by entering the top tier of motorsport as a fully-fledged works team which means we're celebrating Juan Manuel Fangio's 1954 title, the first Drivers' World Championship for the three-pointed star.

This year also marks 30 years since Mercedes-Benz returned to F1 as an engine supplier with Sauber back in 1994.

2024 will be the 15th season since Mercedes returned as a works team after its initial departure at the end of 1955, while we will also clock up our 300th Grand Prix as a full entrant at this year's Emilia Romagna GP at Imola.

Oh, and it is of course 10 years since our first Constructors' World Championship and Lewis' first Drivers' title with the team!

5. For the fans

Not only will we be busier than ever on track, off it we'll be giving more to the fans. More competitions, more exclusive merchandise collaborations with big brands and more behind-the-scenes content bringing fans closer to the team.

We want to give the best fans on the grid the best experience with the team, so stay across the latest on the Official Team Store and keep your eyes peeled for what's to come during the year.

6. Busy on land... and sea

There's plenty going on away from F1 too.

Our junior drivers will be busy in various categories. Andrea 'Kimi' Antonelli steps up to Formula 2 after his Formula Regional success. Alex Powell and Yuanpu Cui meanwhile will graduate from karts to cars; Alex will tackle the Euro 4 and Italian F4 Championships whilst Yuanpu is set to compete in British F4.

The racing schedules of Luna Fluxa and Kenzo Craigie's, still learning their trade in karts, will be announced in due course. And so will our plans for F1 Academy, the female-only single-seater championship that joins the F1 support bill this year... stay tuned!

And it's not just on land that we're racing.

The 37th America's Cup, one of the most prestigious prizes not only in sailing but all of sport, will be up-for-grabs this year.

INEOS Britannia, based at our Applied Science division in Brackley, is the challenger of record and being led by Sir Ben Ainslie, will be going for glory later in the year.

There is plenty to look forward to in 2024 so stay across all the updates with the team throughout the year.