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

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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The Italian Grand Prix is typically the shortest race of the year at around 70 minutes due to the high average speeds, whilst the tight and twisty Marina Bay in Singapore often pushes the two hour mark.

The shortest race in F1 history was the rain-soaked Belgian Grand Prix in 2021, lasting just three laps and three minutes and 27 seconds.

The longest Grand Prix was the epic Canadian Grand Prix in 2011, which lasted four hours and four minutes when there were no rules on maximum race time.

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