The first details of the 2009 F1 calendar were published today with the F1 schedule set to return to 19 races – a high it has only reached once before, in 2005.
As was expected the French Grand Prix is remaining at Magny-Cours. The Australian Grand Prix also appears as a provisional fixture.
However there is still no slot for a United States Grand Prix. For the second year in a row F1 will have only one race in North America – the Canadian Grand Prix. Full details below.
Provisional 2009 F1 calendar
Changes on the 2009 F1 calendar
The season starts later than usual, with the Australian Grand Prix on March 29th – it was on March 16th this year. However the season also ends later than usual.
Among the other changes is the return of the Turkish Grand Prix to its original late summer slot. It was held in May this year in unusually cool conditions.
The calendar does not give details of venues but the German and Japanese Grands Prix are expected to rotate locations with the German round being held at the Nurburgring (possibly under a different title) and the Japanese back at Suzuka after two years at Fuji Speedway.
The British Grand Prix has moved in front of the French Grand Prix and the Belgian in front of the Italian.
A slot at the end of the season has been found for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. This is where it was originally expected to appear.
It will be the first time the F1 season has ended at an all-new circuit since the 1985 Adelaide Grand Prix. The race will be held on 15th November, the latest conclusion to a season since 1987.