FourFourSeconds ago, when the F1 paddock was buzzing with excitement about the first F1 car to be built by F1-backed manufacturer, it seemed like we’d have a brand new generation of Formula 1 racing cars in our hands.
Now, after months of speculation and rumours, the world is set to get to see a full F1 season of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
The season kicks off in March, with the inaugural round at the Nurburgring on March 11, 2018.
In addition to F1 cars, there will also be a host of other high-profile drivers, including Formula 1 champion Jenson Button and Renault driver Jolyon Palmer.
Although the inaugural Formula 1 season will be limited to just 18 races, it is likely that the grid will grow considerably in the years to come, with more teams and drivers making their mark.
So what’s the big news in F1 right now?
Firstly, the Formula 1 championship is getting a new name, the FIA F1 World Championship, which means it will be called FIA F3 (the abbreviation for Formula 3) and will consist of three championship rounds in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Secondly, the new season will feature the FIA’s first Grand Prix, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on March 13-14, 2021, with all four rounds contested by one team, with teams racing in each of the new circuits: Abu Dhabi Circuit, Abu Dhabi National Circuit, Silverstone Circuit and the Circuit of the Americas.
Next, there’s the return of the Formula 2 series, which was officially cancelled by the FIA earlier this year.
However, there are still plenty of exciting news to keep you glued to your F1 seat, with many of the major events of the year set to be confirmed.
For example, there is the new Formula 3 round at Shanghai Motor Show, which will see Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari battling for the title, with McLaren and Red Bull also hoping to return to the title chase after the departure of Fernando Alonso.
There’s also a new Formula 4 round at Silverstone, with Toro Rosso and Red Bulls battling for third place.
Lastly, there was also the announcement that the FIA World Endurance Championship will be revived at Le Mans, where two-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and team-mate Lewis Hamilton will face off for the win.
With the FIA taking a very positive step in bringing the FIA-backed series back to life, it should be a fantastic season for the FIA and F1 fans alike.
F1 fans and commentators will be delighted to see the first race of the 2019 season, at the Hungaroring, taking place on April 9-10, 2019.
A total of 13 F1 drivers will take to the track for the Hungary Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso, Jenson Clarkson, Felipe Massa, Jolyne Vinokourov, Max Verstappen, Nico Hulkenberg, Daniel Ricciardo, Marcus Ericsson, Daniil Kvyat, Valtteri Bottas and Pastor Maldonado.
Formula 1 cars will be raced in each round, with Ferrari and Mercedes-AMG fighting for the victory, with Renault-AMGs in fourth and fifth.
Also of note is the return to Abu Dhabi of the long-awaited and highly-anticipated Formula 4 Grand Prix from Shanghai, which is being held from April 13-15.
After a year-long absence, the series is back at the track, with a host-of-new drivers and teams expected to be in attendance for the inaugural race.
Despite a number of notable developments, the schedule for the 2019 F1 calendar remains very much in flux.
It’s likely that most of the world will have their eyes set on the new and exciting format, with only one of the first six rounds being contested by a team.
Furthermore, the return date for the first round of the season has not been confirmed, although the official announcement will be made when the race is announced in Shanghai.
As with all of the previous seasons, the championship will be held in the first two rounds of the calendar.
To help prepare fans for the return, there’ll be many extra highlights on the calendar as well as many new events.
New to the calendar are the two new races, which have been announced for each of its three seasons.
At the first FIA Formula 4 race, the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya, teams will be able to race in both the Formula 4 and Formula 3 classes, while in the second race, drivers will have the opportunity to race as Formula 4 cars.
This means that teams will have to take advantage of the improved track conditions for their first time in the new series, with both