Next year’s Formula One championship will begin at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne on March 17th. The date is “set to be formally ratified by the FIA at their forthcoming World Motor Sport Council meeting later this year,” the organisers said in a statement.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott said he was pleased to be able to announce the date for next year’s race so early.
“To announce the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2019 date more than eight months out from the event is fantastic news and we hope this will encourage overseas and interstate visitors to plan for a lengthy visit to Melbourne and Victoria,” he said.
Next year’s championship is also expected to end one week later than usual as the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix slated to take place in December. However the German Grand Prix will not appear on next year’s calendar.
Albert Park has hosted the Australian Grand Prix in every F1 season since 1996. Next year will be the 22nd time the Melbourne circuit has held the first round of the world championship.