How long are F1 races? If you have the need for speed, here the 411 on Grand Prix length

A Formula 1 Grand Prix is the main event of the race weekend. The events leading up to it allow drivers and their teams to practice and fine-tune their skills, and cars, in order to win the top spot.

But with high stakes and high speeds, you might lose track of time while watching. And since every circuit is unique, some races may be longer than others.

However, there are guidelines that are followed no matter the race weekend format. Get to know the basics of F1 race times and laps, plus this season's schedule.

How long is an F1 race?

A Grand Prix race typically lasts about two hours, according to Formula 1.

The fastest race time was completed by Michael Schumacher during the 2003 Italian Grand Prix, Red Bull reports. Schumacher won the race with an average speed of 247.585 kilometers per hour and a total race time of one hour, 14 minutes and 19.838 seconds.

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How many laps are in an F1 race?

An F1 Grand Prix circuit spans a minimum of 305 kilometers, or around 189.5 miles, according to Formula 1. Since they range in length, the number of laps needed to complete each race also varies.

For example, the Miami International Autodrome has a race distance of 308.326 kilometers, equating to around 57 laps. The Las Vegas Strip Circuit, in contrast, spans a total race distance of 309.958 kilometers, or 50 laps.

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2024 Formula 1 season schedule

Here’s the official schedule of races for the upcoming season, with qualifying events happening the day before each.

  • March 2 - Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

  • March 9 - STC Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

  • March 24 - Rolex Australian Grand Prix

  • April 7 - MSC Cruises Japanese Grand Prix

  • April 21 - Lenovo Chinese Grand Prix

  • May 5 - Miami Grand Prix

  • May 19 - MSC Cruises Gran Premio Dell'Emilia-Romagna

  • May 26 - Grand Prix de Monaco

  • June 9 - Grand Prix du Canada

  • June 23 - Aramco Gran Premio de España

  • June 30 - Qatar Airways Hungarian Grand Prix

  • July 07 - Qatar Airways British Grand Prix

  • July 21 - Hungarian Grand Prix

  • July 28 - Rolex Belgian Grand Prix

  • Aug. 25 - Heineken Dutch Grand Prix

  • Sept. 1 - Pirelli Gran Premio D’Italia

  • Sept. 15 - Qatar Airways Azerbaijan Grand Prix

  • Sept. 22 - Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix

  • Oct. 20 - Pirelli United States Grand Prix

  • Oct. 27 - Gran Premio de la Ciudad de México

  • Nov. 3 - Lenovo Grande Prêmio de São Paulo

  • Nov. 23 - Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix

  • Dec. 1 - Qatar Airways Qatar Grand Prix

  • Dec. 8 - Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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