The regional F1 calendar breakup is on hold as Miami and Hanoi emerge as clear favorites to join the calendar as early as 2019. Welcome to our monthly roundup of F1 calendar news and rumors for March 2018!
Arguably the biggest news of the month came when F1’s new owners put the Regional break-up of F1 calendar put on hold, as reported by Motorsport.com. Liberty Media have previously floated the idea of grouping races into regional clusters to boost the sport’s popularity and reduce costs, with the ideal scenario seeing the F1 season start in Europe, shift to the Americas and finish in Asia. However, existing contractual issues mean that such a move is unlikely to happen in the near future. The same article also quoted F1 boss Chase Carey on the future direction of the F1 calendar:
“We don’t have a target number of races. We certainly could add races…but I think our real focus is to ensure quality over quantity. We have the capacity and the rights to add races, and can ultimately go to 25. But I think our focus at this point is getting the races to be what they should be, and really all the components behind it. It’s not just the race, but it’s the hospitality, local partnerships, the event itself, the cities that support it, the public support to engage, and I think we’ll continue to evolve those opportunities as we deal with renewals.”
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More news in brief
- Formula E is set to start using the full Monaco Grand Prix circuit from 2019, which should make for an interesting comparison of lap times.
- After inexplicably missing out on Formula 2 and GP3 support slots, the Hockenheimring has announced that ADAC Formula 4 will join the support bill at the German Grand Prix on July 20-22. Of particular interest for German fans will be the presence of Ralf Schumacher’s young son David (nephew of Michael) in the field.
- The new boss of Australian Supercars is keen to see the touring car series expand into Asia, with a support slot at the Singapore Grand Prix one of several options. Australian Supercars has previously raced at F1 venues (Shanghai, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi), but never as part of an F1 weekend.
- The FIA has announced that Formula 1 will promote a new Formula 3 championship launching for 2019. The new championship will replace GP3 and continue to form a part of the Formula 1 support bill at around ten F1 events in 2019. Following the relaunch of GP2 as Formula 2 in 2017, this is the logical next step in the FIA’s plan to homogenize the ladder to F1 for young drivers.
- After a 5-year absence, WEC will return to the Interlagos circuit in Brazil for the 2019/20 season, with Bruno Senna acting as an ambassador for the event, which doesn’t yet have a fixed date.