RACE DEBRIEF

    Next year’s 21-race Formula 1 calendar, along with a handful of 2019 rule changes, have been signed off by F1’s governing body, the FIA, following a meeting of its World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) on Friday.

    For the third time in history, the world championship will be contested over a record 21 Grands Prix, equalling the total held in 2016 and 2018. Eleven of the 21 will take place in Europe, five in Asia, four in the Americas and one in Australia.

    The 2019 season will begin on March 17th in Australia and finish on December 1 in Abu Dhabi. In between those – in China on April 14th – Formula 1 will celebrate the 1000th Grand Prix since its inception in 1950.

    DateGrand PrixVenue
    17th MarchAustraliaMelbourne
    31st MarchBahrainSakhir
    14th AprilChinaShanghai
    28th AprilAzerbaijanBaku
    12th MaySpainBarcelona
    26th MayMonacoMonaco
    9th JuneCanadaMontreal
    23rd JuneFranceLe Castellet
    30th JuneAustriaSpielberg
    14th JulyGreat BritainSilverstone
    28th JulyGermanyHockenheim
    4th AugustHungaryBudapest
    1st SeptemberBelgiumSpa
    8th SeptemberItalyMonza
    22nd SeptemberSingaporeSingapore
    29th SeptemberRussiaSochi
    13th OctoberJapanSuzuka
    27th OctoberMexicoMexico City
    3rd NovemberUSAAustin*
    17th NovemberBrazilSao Paulo
    1st DecemberAbu DhabiYas Marina

    * Subject to ASN approval

    New rules for ’19 and beyond

    The WMSC also approved a number of changes to the 2019 F1 Sporting Regulations including:

    • Changes to the Safety Car regulations to ensure there is a consistent point at which drivers may overtake when the Safety Car returns to the pits. This will now be the same in all three types of restart.

    • The teams will now be responsible for initial scrutineering of their cars. Before the cars go on track for the first time, teams must declare conformity with all safety related matters.

    • The official end-of-race signal will now be a chequered light panel, although the chequered flag will still be shown.

    For 2020, the team personnel curfew – the amount of time for which all team personnel must be away from the track overnight – will increase from eight to nine hours.

    And Formula 1 Strategy Group and Commission proposals concerning the 2019 Technical Regulations were agreed, including:

    • Changes to the mirror regulations and also associated rear wing changes (height) for rear view visibility and safety.

    • The on-board camera regulations will be modified to improve the TV spectacle.

    • Rear endplate lights are to be added for safety.

    • Minor modifications to the halo fairing are to be made for safety reasons during a potential driver extraction.

    Full details will be made available on FIA.com

    Finally, a report on the security procedures to be put in place for the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix was presented to the Council, following meetings between the FIA, Formula 1 and the local authorities.

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