The FIA World Motor Sport Council has ratified the 2019 schedule for the Formula 1 World Championship, making no changes to the draft schedule Liberty Media released for consideration in August.

Following its latest general meeting in Paris, motorsport’s governing body additionally approved a number of rules changes for next year. In terms of technical and design regulations, these include:

  • raising the rear wing by 50mm to improve rearward visibility
  • the addition of rear wing mounted rain lights
  • a more prescriptive position for the rearview mirrors, which will see them mounted lower and more outward to improve driver visibility
  • repositioning the onboard cameras so that their view is less obstructed by the halo cockpit protection system
  • minor modifications to the halo fairing to improve driver extraction
  • the teams assuming full responsibility for initial scrutineering of their cars and any declarations that their cars comply with all safety guidelines

From a sporting regulations perspective, the rules changes include:

  • drivers will only be able to overtake after a Safety Car period once they have crossed the start/finish line (overtaking is currently permitted at the Safety Car control line)
  • a chequered flag light panel will be used at the end of the race alongside the traditional chequered flag

Contrary to rumours, the WMSC opted not to make any changes to the current three-part qualifying format or to the points-scoring system.

2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship Season Calendar
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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