Australia to hold 2025 F1 season opener instead of Bahrain

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Last Updated on April 13, 2024

The Australian Grand Prix will mark the beginning of the 2025 Formula One season, replacing Bahrain as the season opener for the first time in six years. The FIA, Formula One’s governing body, unveiled the 2025 calendar on Friday, revealing that the 24-race season will commence on March 16 in Melbourne and conclude on December 7 in Abu Dhabi, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the world championship.

Ramadan Influences Schedule Change

Since 2021, the Bahrain Grand Prix has been the inaugural race of the season, followed by the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix since 2022. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Formula One did not compete at Melbourne’s Albert Park Circuit in 2020 and 2021. Now, the Australian Grand Prix will take the lead in the race schedule instead of the Middle Eastern kingdom, as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan falls in March next year.

European Races and Triple Header

The first European race will take place in Imola in May, as part of a triple header that also includes Monaco and Spain on consecutive weekends.

Stefano Domenicali’s Gratitude

Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, expressed his gratitude in a statement, saying, “We’re grateful to the FIA, our promoters, host city partners, and all the related ASNs for their commitment and support in delivering this schedule and securing what promises to be another fantastic year for Formula 1. I would also like to pay tribute to our F1 teams and drivers, the heroes of our sport, and our fans around the world for continuing to follow Formula 1 with such incredible enthusiasm.”

Testing Schedule and Sprint Calendar

The testing schedule and the sprint calendar are expected to be announced at a later date. The current season features sprints at six Grands Prix — China, Miami, Austria, United States (Austin), Brazil and Qatar.

2025 Formula One Calendar

DateGrand PrixLocation
March 14-16Australian Grand PrixMelbourne
March 21-23Chinese Grand PrixShanghai
April 4-6Japanese Grand PrixSuzuka
April 11-13Bahrain Grand PrixSakhir
April 18-20Saudi Arabian Grand PrixJeddah
May 2-4Miami Grand PrixFlorida
May 16-18Emilia RomagnaImola
May 23-25Monaco Grand PrixMonaco
May 30–June 1Spanish Grand PrixBarcelona
June 13-15Canadian Grand PrixMontreal
June 27-29Austrian Grand PrixSpielberg
July 4-6British Grand PrixSilverstone
July 25-27Belgian Grand PrixSpa
Aug. 1-3Hungarian Grand PrixBudapest
Aug. 29-31Dutch Grand PrixZandvoort
Sept. 5-7Italian Grand PrixMonza
Sept. 19-21Azerbaijan Grand PrixBaku
Oct. 3-5Singapore Grand PrixSingapore
Oct. 17-19United States Grand PrixAustin
Oct. 24-26Mexican Grand PrixMexico City
Nov. 7-9Brazil Grand PrixSao Paulo
Nov. 20-22Las Vegas Grand PrixLas Vegas
Nov. 28-30Qatar Grand PrixLusail
Dec. 5-7Abu Dhabi Grand PrixYas Marina

In conclusion, the 2025 Formula One season promises to be an exciting one, with a revised schedule that takes into account significant cultural events and a diverse range of locations. As always, the skill and dedication of the drivers and teams, as well as the enthusiasm of fans worldwide, will make this season one to remember.

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