The 2020 Formula 1 season will kick off in mid-March next year, with the first round confirmed as the usual Australian Grand Prix.
Albert Park in Melbourne has held the season opener for Formula 1 almost every year since arriving on the calendar in 1996. With the exception of a few mid-00s races where the season began in Bahrain, Melbourne has become syonymous with new beginnings for Formula 1 and 2020 will be no different.
The first round of 2020 will run from the 12th to the 15th of March at Albert Park, although the rest of the calendar is yet to be confirmed. It’s widely believed that Zandvoort in the Netherlands will replace the Spanish Grand Prix in the mid-May slot as the first European race, although this still needs official confirmation when the 2020 calendar is released.
Rolex will be the title sponsor of the Australian GP for the eighth consecutive year and will mark the beginning of the 70th year of Formula 1 racing,
“We are pleased to announce that, as has been the case for many years now, the next FIA
Formula 1 World Championship season will get underway in Melbourne.” said F1’s CEO Chase Carey.
“The Albert Park circuit is one of the most popular venues on the calendar, much appreciated by everyone who works in Formula 1.”
“The enthusiastic reception from the Australian fans makes this round really unique and special. There can be no better place to start the 2020 season, which will be significant as the sport will celebrate its 70th anniversary. We are also pleased that Rolex, who have been one of our Global Partners for many years, will continue to be the title sponsor of the 2020 Australian Grand Prix.”