Today, a provisional calendar for the 2019 Formula One World Championship was presented.
As has been the case since 1997 (with the exceptions of 2006 and 2010), the season-opener is due to be held at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia. That’s a week earlier than in 2018.
The big news, however, is the fact that both Germany and Japan have kept their places for next year. Hockenehim will remain as the venue for the German and Grand Prix and its official title is going to be the ‘’FORMULA 1 MERCEDES-BENZ GROSSER PREIS VON DEUTSCHLAND 2019.’’
It was also confirmed this afternoon that Suzuka has signed a new three-year deal that lasts until 2021. The present deal with the famous circuit in the Far East was due to expire at the end of this year. Honda announced on twitter that they would be the title sponsor for this year's race, the 30th Grand Prix to be held at Suzuka. Its official name will be the ‘’FORMULA 1 2018 HONDA JAPANESE GRAND PRIX.’’
Unlike this year, there will be no triple-header next year as the schedule is more spread out. Abu Dhabi will bring the season to a close on December the 1st next year because of this. However, there will still be five back-to-back races according to the provisional calendar.
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix will be the 1000th Grand Prix in the history of Formula One.
Take a look at the full calendar below, subject to approval from the FIA.