Formula 1 has published a draft 21-race calendar for the 2019 season, including the date of the 1000th Grand Prix.
The season will begin on March 17 with the regular opener in Australia, with Bahrain coming before China, which will host the milestone race on April 14.
Baku will retain its earlier slot on April 28 while France and Austria, Germany and Hungary, Belgium and Italy, Singapore and Russia, and Mexico and USA will be held on back-to-back weekends.
With fewer consecutive race weekends and no triple headers as there are on this year’s calendar, the season will end in Abu Dhabi on the later date of December 1.
Germany will be retained on the calendar, with Mercedes-Benz being the title sponsor for next year’s event as part of the agreement to keep the Hockenheim race on the calendar.
The Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka has been renewed on a three-year deal which will see the event through to 2021, with the 2019 race having Honda as a title sponsor for the 30th anniversary of the race, as agreed by race promoter MobilityLand Corp.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce that the draft of the 2019 FIA F1 World Championship calendar is made up of 21 races, as it was this year,” said F1 Chairman and CEO Chase 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 Hockenheim 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.”
The calendar is still subject to approval by the World Motor Sport Council, which will be meeting on October 12.
2019 Draft F1 Calendar
- March 17 – Australia
- March 31 – Bahrain
- April 14 – China
- April 28 – Azerbaijan
- May 12 – Spain
- May 26 – Monaco
- June 9 – Canada
- June 23 – France
- June 30 – Austria
- July 14 – Great Britain
- July 28 – Germany
- August 4 – Hungary
- September 1 – Belgium
- September 8 – Italy
- September 22 – Singapore
- September 29 – Russia
- October 13 – Japan
- October 27 – Mexico
- November 3 – USA
- November 17 – Brazil
- December 1 – Ahu Dhabi