How long do F1 races last? Length of time and number of laps explained

Max Verstappen at the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix

Max Verstappen is the defending champion (Picture: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

One thing is for sure – Formula 1 will feature plenty of drama, tension and controversy across the course of the 2023 season.

The ten teams and twenty drivers will fly around the world – from Silverstone to Melbourne – visiting some of the finest racing circuits on the planet.

But exactly how long does a Grand Prix race last in terms of the number of laps, total distance and race time?

Let’s crunch the numbers.

What is the length of an F1 race?

As per the F1 rulebook, races must take place over a length of at least 305km (190 miles).

F1 visits a number of iconic venues (Picture: Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Therefore, the number of laps for each race is calculated by how many laps will be required to pass the magic number.

For example, the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium has a total lap distance of 7km, which means that 43.5 laps will be required to reach the required 305km.

And as it is impossible to have half a lap, the Belgian Grand Prix takes place each year with 44 laps.

The only exception is Monaco, which has a total length of 260km (162 miles) around the streets of the principality.

How many laps are in each F1 race?

With the length of each circuit on the calendar varying in length, so too does the number of laps in each Grand Prix.

Number of laps in each F1 grand prix

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – 44 laps

Jeddah Corniche, Saudi Arabia – 50 laps

Las Vegas, USA – 50 laps

Baku City Circuit, Azerbaijan – 51 laps

Silverstone, Great Britain – 52 laps

Monza, Italy – 53 laps

Suzuka, Japan – 53 laps

Circuit of the Americas, USA – 56 laps

Sakhir, Bahrain – 57 laps

Miami Autodrome, USA – 57 laps

Lusail, Qatar – 57 laps

Albert Park, Australia – 58 laps

Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi – 58 laps

Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore – 61 laps

Imola, Emilia Romagna – 63 laps

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain – 66 laps

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Canada – 70 laps

Hungaroring, Hungary – 70 laps

Red Bull Ring, Austria – 71 laps

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico – 71 laps

Interlagos, Sao Paulo GP – 71 laps

Zandvoort, Netherlands – 72 laps

Circuit de Monaco, Monaco – 78 laps

How long do F1 races last?

As a general rule of thumb, races last around 90 minutes.

Races must be completed within a two hour window, but it can be extended to three hours with the discretion of the race stewards.

This naturally varies somewhat, given that the average speed per lap differs across the 23 venues on this season’s calendar.

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