The FIA has announced the 2017 formula one calendar, with the Australian grand prix in Melbourne again opening the season on March 26.
Baku in Azerbaijan and Austin in the United States both maintaining their places on the calendar.
The 2017 grand prix calendar has been released with Mexico City on the grid and Melbourne again hosting the season-opener. Photo: Getty Images
In other news, the World Motor Sport Council confirmed changes to its regulations overnight Wednesday with grands prix to have different rules for wet weather starts.
From next season, if a safety car is deemed to be required for the start of a race due to wet weather, a normal standing start will occur once the track is deemed safe to race. The process will see the safety car return to the pit lane and the cars assemble on the grid for the start.
Also, drivers who want to change their helmet livery will be given some leeway with each allowed one event, such as a home race, for a special livery. Drivers will also be allowed to change their helmet liveries if they switch teams during the season.
For the first five events next season, the normal team selection procedure for tyres will not be used as the deadline occurs before pre-season testing. For these events, the supplier will allocate two sets of the hardest compound specification, four sets of the medium compound specification and seven sets of the softest compound specification to each driver.
Australian grand prix CEO Andrew Westacott welcomed confirmation of Melbourne’s place on the schedule saying it had become an iconic event.
“The air of anticipation surrounding a brand new formula one season brings a buzz that Victorians know so well, with our great city coming alive in March and being on show to a vast global audience,” he said.
“We look forward to welcoming fans, teams and drivers from all around the world to Melbourne in March. Fans worldwide, but especially those in Australia, will look forward to seeing how one of the most likeable drivers in formula one, Daniel Ricciardo, will do in the first race of the 2017 season.”
FORMULA ONE 2017
March 26: Melbourne
April 9: Shanghai, China
April 16: Bahrain, Bahrain
April 30: Sochi, Russia
May 14: Barcelona, Spain
May 28: Monte Carlo, Monaco
June 11: Montreal, Canada
June 18: Baku, Azerbaijan
July 2: Spielberg, Austria
July 9: Silverstone, United Kingdom
July 23: Budapest, Hungary
July 30: Hockenheim, Germany
August 27: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
September 3: Monza, Italy
September 17: Sepang, Malaysia
October 1: Singapore
October 8: Suzuka, Japan
October 22: Austin, US
November 5: Mexico City
November 12: Sao Paulo, Brazil
November 26: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates