The tentative calendar for the 2019's Formula 1 World Championship was just released. For the third time in history, the championship titles in dispute will be contested over 21 Grands Prix, equaling in this way the number of rounds held in 2016 and expected to this year. A total of 11 out the 21 races will take place in Europe, five in Asia, four in the Americas and one in Australia, precisely the ones that will be the season kick-off to happen on March 17 next year. As in the case of the opener, no news to note also for the closing of the season expected, as it has been usual, for the round that has Abu Dhabi as host, on December 1 2019.
Besides continuing the record number of 21 races in one season, next year marks also another important milestone for the sport as the Chinese Grand Prix, to be held on April 14, will have the special privilege to be the stage of the celebration of the 1000th Grand Prix since its inception in 1950.
The release date of the 2019 calendar today (August 31) coincides with two other important announcements relating to some of the most historical races in the calendar. To note, the agreement with the promoter of the Japanese Grand Prix, MobilityLand Corp., which renewed the contract for three years (until 2021) of the Japanese GP, with the races taking place at the Suzuka Circuit. Such announced with also followed by another for this year's race of Japan that sign Honda as title sponsor of the race, in the year when the Japanese Grand Prix celebrates its 30th anniversary.
Returning in 2018, the German Grand Prix will continue to be listed on the calendar for the upcoming year with the circuit of Hockenheim continuing to follow on its path of success and history in the competition, next year with Mercedes-Benz as the title sponsor.
To stay also for another three year is another historical, the Belgium Grand Prix at Spa also extended his contract until 2021.
Here is the complete calendar*:
*Subject to FIA World Motor Sport Council approval, meeting to be held on October 12.