F1 ap­proves 21-race cal­en­dar

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

FOR­MULA ONE’S 21-race cal­en­dar for 2019 has been ap­proved, with Mel­bourne as usual host­ing the sea­sonopen­ing Aus­tralian Grand Prix at Al­bert Park on March 17.

Gov­ern­ing body FIA said af­ter a meet­ing of its World Mo­tor Sport Coun­cil in St Peters­burg on Wednes­day that 11 races would be held in Europe, five in Asia, four in the Amer­i­cas, and one in Aus­tralia.

The sea­son will start one week ear­lier and fin­ish one week later.

FIA said that the cars would be heav­ier – with a weight-limit in­crease from 740 kilo­grams to 743 – and that fuel-han­dling pro­ce­dures dur­ing test­ing are to be the same as dur­ing rac­ing.

There will also be more clar­ity on how grid po­si­tions are formed when driv­ers are hit with mul­ti­ple en­gine penal­ties. Typ­i­cally, driv­ers who have made sev­eral unau­tho­rised en­gine-part changes are hit with a penalty of 20-25 places – which sends them to the back of the grid.

But it can be con­fus­ing to un­der­stand who’s start­ing from where and from how far back if sev­eral of the 20 driv­ers have the same penalty im­posed.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamil­ton steers his car dur­ing the Span­ish For­mula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya race­track in Mont­melo, Spain, on May 13, 2018.

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