For­mula One’s 21-race cal­en­dar is ap­proved

The Star (Jamaica) - - CLASSIFIEDS/SPORTS - St PETERS­BURG, Rus­sia (AP):

For­mula One’s 21-race cal­en­dar for 2019 has been ap­proved, with Mel­bourne, as usual, host­ing the sea­son-open­ing 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 yes­ter­day 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 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 is start­ing from where and from how far back if sev­eral of the 20 driv­ers have the same penalty im­posed. Sched­ule: March 17: Aus­tralia, Mel­bourne March 31: Bahrain, Sakhir April 14: China, Shang­hai April 28: Azer­bai­jan, Baku May 12: Spain, Barcelona May 26: Monaco June 9: Canada, Mon­treal June 23: France, Le Castel­let June 30: Aus­tria, Spiel­berg July 14: Bri­tain, Sil­ver­stone July 28: Ger­many, Hock­en­heim Aug 4: Hun­gary, Bu­dapest Sept 1: Bel­gium, Spa Sept 8: Italy, Monza Sept 22: Sin­ga­pore Sept 29: Rus­sia, Sochi Oct 13: Ja­pan, Suzuka Oct 27: Mex­ico, Mex­ico City Nov 3: United States, Austin Nov 17: Brazil, Sao Paulo Dec 1: Abu Dhabi, Yas Ma­rina

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