Organizers of the Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix have moved the date of the 2019 race up a week earlier to March 14-17 – pending approval by the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
Should Fernando Alonso choose to remain in F1 in 2019, the move might create a conflict with the World Endurance Championship’s new Sebring event. He is still weighing whether to remain or lead the team’s expected IndyCar entry.
Even organizers point to a busy month of events in Melbourne, with their Moomba Festival, grand prix and Australian Football League season opener on three consecutive weekends.
“To announce the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2019 date more than eight months out from the event is fantastic news and we hope this will encourage overseas and interstate visitors to plan for a lengthy visit to Melbourne and Victoria,” said Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott.
“We are immensely proud of the four-day spectacle Melbourne puts on and honored to raise the curtain on one of the world’s most prestigious annual championships.
“The start of an F1 season, our Aussie superstar Daniel Ricciardo, a Supercars Championship round and so much off-track action – it’s a must-attend event in 2019!”
The Australian Grand Prix has been held on the final weekend of March for the past two years, concurrent with the AFL opening event.