Formula One Management has released a draft version of its 2019 Formula 1 World Championship calendar which has the same 21 races from 2018 listed, confirming that a Grand Prix in Miami will not take place next year.

The season will begin, as is customary, with the Australian Grand Prix which will take place one week earlier in mid-March, while the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will occur on 1 December to effectively lengthen the racing calendar by two weeks.

The first eight Grands Prix of the season – of which the first four are ‘flyaway’ events – will all be run two weeks’ apart. Notably, the Chinese Grand Prix will host the 1,000th World Championship Grand Prix since the sport’s formation in 1950.

The widely criticised ‘triple header’ sequence of the French, Austrian and British Grands Prix has been shelved, with the Pul Ricard and Red Bull Ring events run on consecutive weekends followed a fortnight later by Silverstone.

The mid-season break is preceded by back-to-back Grands Prix in Germany and Hungary. The former traditionally ran bi-annually but a new lower-cost agreement has been negotiated that will see it on next year’s calendar with additional commercial support from the event’s new title sponsor, Mercedes-Benz.

The second half of the season sees twin double-headers of Belgium-Italy and Singapore-Russia before a standalone Japanese Grand Prix, which has also had its existing contract extended by a further three years until 2021.

The Mexican and United States Grands Prix also run back-to-back, although their positions on the calendar have been swapped relative to 2018.

The calendar will be submitted for approval by the FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting on October 12.

2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship Season Calendar (Provisional)
Date Event Location
17 MAR au Australian Grand Prix Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne
31 MAR it Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
14 APR cn Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai
28 APR az Azerbaijan Grand Prix Baku City Circuit, Baku
12 MAY es Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona
26 MAY mc Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
09 JUN ca Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
23 JUN fr French Grand Prix Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet
30 JUN it Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring, Spielberg
14 JUL uk British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
28 JUL de German Grand Prix Hockenheimring, Hockenheim
04 AUG it Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring, Budapest
01 SEP au Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot
08 SEP it Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Milan
22 SEP sg Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
29 SEP ru Russian Grand Prix Sochi Autodrom, Sochi
13 OCT jp Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka
27 OCT mx Mexican Grand Prix Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico
03 NOV us United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas, United States*
17 NOV au Brazilian Grand Prix Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo
01 DEC au Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi

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