Council approves 21-race 2019 calendar and sporting regulation changes

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The World Motorsport Council confirmed a 21-race F1 calendar for 2019. The meeting, hosted by FIA President Jean Todt and Deputy President for Sport Graham Stoker and held in Paris on Friday also confirmed some minor changes to the sporting regulations.

17 MarchAustraliaMelbourne
31 MarchBahrainSakhir
14 AprilChinaShanghai
28 AprilAzerbaijanBaku
12 MaySpainBarcelona
26 MayMonacoMonaco
9 JuneCanadaMontreal
23 JuneFranceLe Castellet
30 JuneAustriaSpielberg
14 JulyGreat BritainSilverstone
28 JulyGermanyHockenheim
4 AugustHungaryBudapest
1 SeptemberBelgiumSpa
8 SeptemberItalyMonza
22 SeptemberSingaporeSingapore
29 SeptemberRussiaSochi
13 OctoberJapanSuzuka
27 OctoberMexicoMexico City
3 NovemberUSAAustin*
17 NovemberBrazilSão Paulo
1 DecemberAbu DhabiYas Marina

* Subject to ASN approval

The Council approved changes to the 2019 Sporting Regulations including:

- Changes to the Safety Car regulations to ensure there is a consistent point at which drivers may overtake when the Safety Car returns to the pits. This will now be the same in all three types of restart
- The teams will now be responsible for initial scrutineering of their cars. Before the cars go on track for the first time, teams must declare conformity with all safety related matters
- The official end-of-race signal will now be a chequered light panel, although the chequered flag will still be shown

For 2020, the team personnel curfew – the amount of time for which all team personnel must be away from the track – will increase from eight to nine hours.