Daniel Ricciardo will drive for Renault next season. Picture: AFP Photo
Daniel Ricciardo will drive for Renault next season. Picture: AFP Photo

Formula One schedule, rule changes revealed

Formula One's 21-race calendar for 2019 has been approved, with Melbourne as usual hosting the season-opening Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 17.

Governing body FIA said after a meeting of its World Motor Sport Council in St. Petersburg on Wednesday that 11 races would be held in Europe, five in Asia, four in the Americas and one in Australia.

The season will start one week earlier and finish one week later. FIA said the cars would be heavier - with a weight limit increase from 740 kilograms to 743 - and that fuel handling procedures during testing are to be the same as during racing.

There will also be more clarity on how grid positions are formed when drivers are hit with multiple engine penalties.

Typically, drivers who have made several unauthorised engine-part changes are hit with a penalty of 20-25 places - which sends them to the back of the grid.

But it can be confusing to understand who's starting from where and from how far back if several of the 20 drivers have the same penalty imposed.

 

 

F1'S 2019 SCHEDULE

March 17: Australia, Melbourne

March 31: Bahrain, Sakhir

April 14: China, Shanghai

April 28: Azerbaijan, Baku

May 12: Spain, Barcelona

May 26: Monaco

June 9: Canada, Montreal

J une 23: France, Le Castellet

June 30: Austria, Spielberg

July 14: Britain, Silverstone

July 28: Germany, Hockenheim

August 4: Hungary, Budapest

September 1: Belgium, Spa

September 8: Italy, Monza

September 22: Singapore

September 29: Russia, Sochi

October 13: Japan, Suzuka

October 27: Mexico City

November 3: United States, Austin

November 17: Brazil, Sao Paulo

December 1: Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina

News Corp Australia


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