Official 2019 Formula One Calendar & Testing Schedule
Like last year, the F1 circus will stop at 21 different race tracks around the world, and for once even the Grand Prix order on the calendar is virtually unchanged.
Start times will continue to be at 3:10 PM local time, the same as in 2018 except for the French Grand Prix, which had started an hour later so as not to clash with the World Cup. In the past, F1 races had traditionally begun at 2 PM local time, but that extra hour helps push the races into a more reasonable morning time slot for American viewers (and the ten minutes allows American channels to run their mandatory ads before the start).
The only (somewhat) major difference compared to the 2018 calendar is the swap between the United States Grand Prix and the Mexican Grand Prix, which had traditionally been hosted back-to-back in that order at the tail end of the season. Now it will be the other way around.
Also notable is that despite starting a week earlier than in 2018, the 2019 F1 season will also end a week later. This is once again due to the absence of the World Cup, which had forced the 2018 calendar to squeeze three races across three consecutive weekends so as to avoid losing viewers to the more popular event.
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Like last year, two four-day pre-season tests will be hosted at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, where the teams will test their new cars for the very first time and everyone will try to assess their competitiveness. The first period of tests will take place from February 18 – 21, and the second from February 26 – March 1.
Two in-season tests and one post-season test are typically held after the Spanish, Hungarian, and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix, respectively, though these have yet to be officially confirmed.
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