Formula 1 has announced a draft of the 2019 calendar with the season kicking off in Australia and ending the season at Abu Dhabi in December.
The 2019 season will start at Albert Park on the 17th March and will finish at the Yas Marina Circuit for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on the 1st December. Next year will see F1 reach it’s 1000th Grand Prix milestone and will celebrate this with the race taking place at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. The Mexican Grand Prix and United States Grand Prix swap places on the calendar, with the race at the Circuit of The Americas to take place on 3rd November.
This will be the third time F1 will host a 21 race calendar for the season, equaling the 2016 and 2018 calendar. The calendar is submitted to approval at the FIA World Motorsport Council Meeting on October 12th.
The British Grand Prix at Silverstone under its’ current contract will host it’s final F1 race on the 14th July.
After the success of the 2018 German Grand Prix, the Hockenheimring will remain on the calendar with the help of Mercedes-Benz becoming a title sponsor to the race for 2019. The Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka International Racing Course will remain on the calendar after signing a new three-year contract.
Formula 1 Chairman and CEO of Liberty Media, Chase Carey says that F1 is honored to have able to keep Japan and Germany on the calendar for 2019.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce that the draft of the 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship calendar is made up of 21 races, as it was this year,” said Carey.
“In addition, we are honoured the promoters of the long-standing Japanese Grand Prix have agreed to a new long-term deal that will ensure our loyal and knowledgeable Japanese fans will be able to enjoy Formula 1 for more years to come.
“I am also delighted to confirm that with the very valuable help of Mercedes-Benz, the German automobile clubs ADAC and AvD and the German Minister for Transportation and Digital Infrastructure, we have reached an agreement with the Municipality of Hockenehim and the promoter Hockenheim-Ring GmbH which will allow to once more race at this iconic circuit also in 2019.
“This demonstrates how all stakeholders within Formula 1 are working together to ensure the long-term future of the sport and its fans.”
This year’s Japanese Grand Prix will see Honda Motorsport become a title sponsor for the, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Grand Prix.
F1’s Commercial Manager Sean Bratches says the renewal of the Grands Prix in Japan and Germany are examples of the direction F1 is aiming to take for fans and a vision for their promoters.
“The renewal of the Japanese Grand Prix and the confirmation of the German Grand Prix are both examples of our direction to place fans at the heart of Formula 1, a vision shared with all our promoters,” said Bratches.
“The successful extension of the Fan Zones at the race circuits, coupled with the colourful city F1 Festivals in London, Shanghai, Marseille, Milan and Miami, prove there is a great appetite for all aspects of Formula 1.”
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